Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Oaths
A Justice of the Peace, also known as a JP, and Commissioner for Oaths are volunteers who help the public with administrative legal matters.
They do not charge for their service.
Find a Justice of the Peace
Find a Commissioner for Oaths
What they do
Both a JP and Commissioner for Oaths can do all of the following:
- certify copies of documents such as birth certificates and passports to confirm your identity
- witness affidavits
- administer an oath.
A JP can also serve documents to you on behalf of the Northern Territory (NT) Police, such as a summons or warrant.
A JP or Commissioner for Oaths does not have to witness and sign a statutory declaration.
It can be witnessed by anyone who is 18 or over.
Find out more information about statutory declarations.
Documents for use overseas
They are usually not able to witness official documents for use overseas.
Find out how to get your overseas documents witnessed.
Which do you need
As they are both able to carry out the same duties, it depends on which one is available in your area, and when you need to see them.
Both JPs and Commissioner for Oaths should be available outside business hours.