Justices of the Peace

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 Find a Justice of the Peace

There are approximately 3025 justices of the peace of varied nationalities and cultural backgrounds, living in all parts of WA, who volunteer their services to provide an integral link in the judicial system. Justices of the peace are appointed by the Governor who authorises them to carry out a wide range of official administrative and judicial duties in the community. As well as presiding in the Magistrates Court, justices of the peace are regularly called upon by the WA Police to sign search warrants and authorise the issuing of summonses. The administrative tasks include witnessing affidavits and documents such as wills and statutory declarations.

On 1 January 2006 the Parliament of Western Australia proclaimed the Oaths, Affidavits and Statutory Declarations Act 2005 which made changes to the manner in which oaths, affidavits and statutory declarations are administered and witnessed. Under the new legislation more than 40 occupational groups are able to witness statutory declarations, including teachers, engineers, doctors and public servants. This change means the role of commissioner for declarations no longer exists. Affidavits (including Family Court documents) can only be witnessed by a justice of the peace, lawyer or public notary.

Professions that can now witness statutory declarations include:

  • Academic {post-secondary institution}
  • Accountant
  • Architect
  • Australian Consular Officer
  • Australian Diplomatic Officer
  • Bailiff
  • Bank Manager
  • Chartered secretary
  • Chemist
  • Chiropractor
  • Company auditor or liquidator
  • Court officer {Judge, magistrate, registrar or clerk}
  • Defence Force officer
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Electorate Officer {State – WA only}
  • Engineer
  • Industrial organisation secretary
  • Insurance broker
  • Justice of the Peace {any State}
  • Lawyer
  • Local government CEO or deputy CEO
  • Local government councillor
  • Loss adjuster
  • Marriage Celebrant
  • Member of Parliament {State or Commonwealth}
  • Minister of religion
  • Nurse
  • Optometrist
  • Patent Attorney
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Police officer
  • Post Officer manager
  • Psychologist
  • Public Notary,
  • Public Servant {State or Commonwealth}
  • Real Estate agent
  • Settlement agent
  • Sheriff or deputy Sheriff
  • Surveyor
  • Teacher
  • Tribunal officer
  • Veterinary surgeon; or
  • Any person before whom, under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959 of the Commonwealth, a statutory declaration may be made.

When contacting justices of the peace, please keep in mind they are volunteers who provide their services to the community free of charge. While they make themselves available as much as possible, they have the same type of work and personal commitments as any other person.

Justices of the Peace

Mrs Jill Dwyer P: 99417000
Mr Terence Vernon CAHILL                             P: 9941 1552
M: 0419 910 330
Mr Wallace James DALE P: 9941 3010
M: 0329 413 010