Swan Hill & Region Branch


The Swan Hill region is located  on the mightly Murray River, approximately 3 1/2 hours north of Melbourne.  According to the 2016 census, there is a population of approximately 20,500 in the district currently supported by 31 JP’s (12 actively) and 2 BJ’s (1 actively).

Executive Team

Chair: John Van Heumen JP, BJ Retired, FRVAHJ

Vice Chair: Neil Mesley JP, FRVAHJ

Secretary / Treasurer: Brendan McKenzie JP, MRVAHJ

DSS Co-Ordinator: Neil Mesley JP, FRVAHJ

Trainer: Neil Mesley JP, FRVAHJ

Committee Members:
Faye McPherson JP, MRVAHJ
Tony Hall JP, MRVAHJ
Greg Keyes JP, MRVAHJ

Branch Meetings

Branch meetings are held at:

Swan Hill Club
William Gardner Room
Cnr McCallum & Curlewis Street, Swan Hill

Meetings start at 6.30pm for approx. 1 hour, with a group dinner afterwards. All JPs / BJs and their partners are welcome.

2021 Meetings are currently set for:

  • 14th April
  • 14th July (AGM)
  • 13th October
  • 8th December (Christmas)

Check this page regularly for Updates

As we have all seen over the last year, things can change quickly and we recommend to often check this page for updates. We are always looking to provide additional information on Honorary Justices (Justices of the Peace and Bail Justices) services for our local community.

You can also visit our facebook page: Justice of the Peace – Swan Hill

Document Signing Stations (DSS)

We are very fortunate to have our “for purpose” fit out office donated by Murray Mallee Training Company.
If you are a JP and able or would like to contribute to the DSS please contact our exective committee above to discuss your opportunity.

Murray Mallee Training Company
345 Campbell Street, Swan Hill


  • Mon – 1:00 – 3:00
  • Wed – 10:00 – 12:00
  • Fri – 1:00 – 3:00

Limited photocopying is available at a small cost at both locations.

Swan Hill Veterans Centre
138 Curlewis Street, Swan Hill (next to RSL Club)


  • Tues, Wed & Thurs – 10:00 – 3:00

Branch News

Dedicated DSS

The photo above is of our “for Purpose” document signing station.
Please pop in to get any documents witnessed or verified, or just to say ‘Hi!’.

Justices are also available throughout the region including Chinkapook, Lake Boga, Nyah, and Ultima.

The ‘Find a JP’ link will provide you with contact details.  


Membership News
The following local members have reached milestones recently:

  • Dominic Cutri – 40 years of service (2021)

Fellowship News
The following local members have achieved ‘Fellowship’ status:

  • John Van Heumen JP, BJ Retired FRVAHJ
  • Neil Mesley JP FRVAHJ

Sponsorships / Donations

We are fortunate to have some local businesses that support us, which enables us to continue to provide our free services to the community without incurring costs for our volunteers.  These businesses are:

  • Murray Valley Training Company
  • Golconda Group
  • Swan Hill RSL
  • Dept of Veterans Affairs – Swan Hill Branch
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