Justices of the Peace

Justices of the Peace are appointed to serve a semi-judicial function in all areas of the Victorian community.

Services JPs can provide:

  • attesting the execution of a document
  • witnessing a statutory declaration (Note: JPs are not the only people who can witness a statutory declaration. Read here)
  • witnessing an affidavit for use in court
  • certifying true copies of an original document
  • certifying a person's identity
  • hearing bail matters outside court hours (Bail Justices only)

JPs are recommended by the state Attorney-General and appointed by the Governor-in-Council.

Before meeting with a JP

  • Ensure that a Victorian JP is authorised to witness your documents.
  • All JPs have indicated when they are available. Please check their availability before contacting them directly. 
  • Advise the JP in advance if you have a large amount of documents for witnessing or certifying (you may have to make an appointment).
  • Have all your paperwork ready for the JP, ensuring that your documents are not pre-signed.
  • Be mindful that JPs do not provide legal advice.
  • Note that JPs are not a Notary Public.

Fees and charges

JPs cannot charge for their services.

Contact individual Justices of the Peace to assist you:

Dunn, Terry JP
STAWELL 3380
Phone: 0407 547 417; (03) 5358 2793

Martin, Peter JP
STAWELL 3380
Phone: 0408 581 865

Monaghan, Terry JP
STAWELL 3380
Phone: 0418 541 300

Nunweek, Michael JP
STAWELL 3380
Phone: 0409 455 572

Robson, Gregory JP
STAWELL 3380
Phone: 03 5358 1272; 0412 647 422

Sanderson, Geoffrey JP
STAWELL 3380
Phone: 03 5358 1043
Languages: Sinhalese and Tamil

Thornton, Neil, JP
STAWELL 3380
Phone: 03 5358 5634; 0438 569 278

Andison, Florence JP
ST ARNAUD 3478
Phone: 03 5495 1320 

Knights, William JP
ST ARNAUD 3478
Phone: 03 5496 7232; 0418 571 478
Languages: Ukranian

Johnson, Lyle JP
MARNOO 3387
Phone: 03 5359 2284; 0428 504 015

Mangle, Charles JP
HALLS GAP 3381
Phone: 0439 837 052

Hilbig, Peter JP
HALLS GAP 3381
Phone: 5356 4365; 0437 524 716

You can also find a JP - document signing station in your area.

Neighbourhood House
Available by arrangement, please phone for specific availability
42 Sloane Street STAWELL 3380
Phone: 03 5358 3500

Find out more about Justices of the Peace here