Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Oaths
Finding a Justice of the Peace or Commissioner for Oaths.
Click here to view the database listing Justices of the Peace or Commissioners for Oaths by surname or region. Individuals can also be searched.
Who are Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Oaths?
Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Oaths are respected citizens who are entrusted by the community to take on special responsibilities.
What are their responsibilities?
Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Oaths perform a wide range of services including:
- administering an oath;
- taking an affidavit; or
- attesting the execution of a document.
In addition to the above responsibilities, Justices of the Peace can sign warrants and summonses, and some hear certain matters in court.
What is the difference between a Commissioner for Oaths and a Justice of the Peace?
Both Commissioners for Oaths and Justices of the Peace can administer an oath, take an affidavit and attest to the execution of a document.
In addition to the above, Justices of the Peace may also issue documents for the Police such as a summons or warrant, and sit on the bench in the Court of Summary Jurisdiction.
The criteria for appointment as a Justice of the Peace are more stringent than for a Commissioner for Oaths. While both positions require persons of a good character, and a criminal history check is to be done, a Justice of the Peace applicant must also present for interview at a time suitable to both applicant and interviewing officer.
There must also be a community need for a Justice of the Peace and evidence of commitment to the Territory.
Are they paid positions?
Both positions are honorary ones and they cannot accept payment for their services.
Who can become a Justice of the Peace or Commissioner for Oaths?
An applicant needs to be:
- an Australian citizen by birth, descent or grant;
- at least 18 years of age;
- of good character; and
- registered on the electoral role.
How can a person apply to be a Justice of the Peace?
Contact the Statutory Appointments Officer by telephone: (08) 8999 1809
Clerk of the Peace
Northern Territory Department of the Attorney-General and Justice
GPO Box 1722
Darwin NT 0801
How can a person apply to be a Commissioner for Oaths?
Fill in an Application for Appointment following the guidelines provided in the attached Information and application pack - pdf | rtf
Criminal History Check Application Form
Commissioner for Oaths Handbook “Notes for the Guidance of Commissioners for Oaths" pdf | rtf
How can I change my details on the Justice of the Peace and Commissioner for Oaths Database?
To ensure this Justice of the Peace and Commissioner for Oaths Database is accurate, complete and up to date, all appointment holders are asked to advise of any changes of name and contact details to the Statutory Appointments Officer.
The Statutory Appointments Officer can be contacted by Telephone: (08) 8999 1809, Fax:(08) 8999 1888 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes can also be made online using the database, Click here to view the database.
Where do I find a Statutory Declaration?
Statutory Declaration forms are available below in PDF and Word format.
- Statutory Declaration form | pdf
- Statutory Declaration form | word
Who can witness a Statutory Declaration?
A Statutory Declaration may be made (signed) before any person who has attained the age of 18 years (section 19(4) Oaths, Affidavits and Declarations Act).
It should be noted that a person who wilfully makes a false statement in a Statutory Declaration is guilty of a crime and liable to imprisonment for 3 years, or both (section 119 Criminal Code). Furthermore, a person who does anything to a declaration that results in it becoming false or misleading, is liable to a penalty of a fine or imprisonment, or both (section 27 Oaths, Affidavits and Declarations Act).