Justice of the Peace Handbook
JP Handbook - Victorian Department Of Justice
This handbook is designed to provide you with information about the functions of a Justice of the Peace (JP) for the State of Victoria. It concentrates on the core duties of the role. The handbook includes procedures, checklists and examples which will be useful when witnessing and attesting different documents.
You can download a copy of the book by clicking on the link below or through the HJO-DoJ website. As a starting point it is always strongly suggested that you read the handbook to familiarise yourself with each section so that you can access the information easily. If you are a newly appointed JP, this handbook can be a useful tool to help you become familiar with your tasks, and to use as a reference..
Important note: An Information and Referral Contacts list is included in this handbook from page 68.
You can use this list to refer people to other organisations or government departments. Sometimes people may be confused about your role and may ask you to give legal advice.
Under no circumstances should you give legal advice when you are performing JP duties, even if you have legal knowledge. Providing legal advice in your capacity as a JP is a breach of the Honorary Justice Code of Conduct and may constitute grounds for removal under the Honorary Justices Act 2014. If a customer needs legal advice or some other service, use this list to give the contact details.