Find a Justice of the Peace
A justice of the peace (JP) acts as an independent and objective witness to documents people use for official or legal purposes. For example, a JP may:
- certify a true copy of an original document
- certify a person's identity
- witness an affidavit for use in court
- witness a statutory declaration
- witness the signing of a document.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, more people have been authorised to witness state statutory declarations.
A full list of who can legally witness your document is available in the COVID-19 Emergency Response (Section 16) Regulations 2020 (PDF 62KB) and includes people such as government employees, accountants, religious ministers, medical professionals and bank officers who meet the criteria.
Other places to find a JP
State electorate offices
The South Australian Parliament website has electorate office addresses and phone numbers. Contact your local office to make sure a JP is available.
Complaints and feedback
Complaints against JPs must be made in writing. The complaint must include the name of the JP, the ID number (if known) and details of the incident, including any supporting documentation or evidence.
Complaints will be considered is a JP does not comply with:
- the Code of Conduct (PDF 112KB)
- the Justices of the Peace Act 2005
- a condition or requirement of their appointment.
We will also investigate:
- JPs who have been charged with or convicted of offences
- JPs not carrying out the official functions of the office correctly
- general misconduct.
Personal disputes between the public and a JP will not be considered.
You can also provide feedback, including suggestions for how the service could be improved.
Lodge a complaint on the Consumer and Business Affairs website.
Contact Justice of the Peace Services
Phone: 131 882
Justice of the Peace Services - Attorney-General's Department