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Justices of the Peace handbook

This handbook is a comprehensive guide for practising Justices of the Peace (Qualified) in Queensland. It has been written to give you a clear understanding of what is expected of you in your role and as a day-to-day reference to help you perform your duties responsibly, correctly and consistently.

You can download the complete handbook or individual chapters below.

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  • Duties of JP (Qual) - complete handbookPDF Popular

    This handbook is a comprehensive guide for practising Justices of the Peace (Qualified) in Queensland. It has been written to give you a clear understanding of what is expected of you in your role and as a day-to-day reference to help...

  • Chapter 1.1 – Welcome to your JP guidePDF Popular

    Helpful hints on how the guide is presented and the purpose of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook. Download Chapter 1.1 below. Alternatively you can download the complete handbook.

  • Chapter 1.2 – Services for youPDF Popular

    Learn what services are available to support JPs in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook. Download Chapter 1.2 below. Alternatively you can download the complete handbook.

  • Chapter 2.1 – Historical and social context of ...PDF Popular

    An overview of the JP’s role and a summary of key duties is in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook. As JPs, you belong to a centuries-old system of voluntary legal officers known as Justices of the...

  • Chapter 2.2 – Eligibility and conductPDF Popular

    To become a JP (Qual) or Cdec, a person must meet the qualifications and standards as outlined in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook. Download Chapter 2.2 below. Alternatively you can download the...

  • Chapter 2.3 – Your role and responsibilities ...PDF Popular

    As a JP (Qual), your main role is to witness the signing of official documents. Your duty of care and role as a JP are described in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook. Download Chapter 2.3 below....

  • Chapter 2.4 – Record-keeping and logbooksPDF Popular

    Why, when and what records should you keep as a JP are detailed in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook. Download Chapter 2.4 below. Alternatively you can download the complete handbook.

  • Chapter 2.5 – Queensland courtsPDF

    Offences committed in Queensland are categorised as either criminal or regulatory. How these offences present in Queensland courts is described in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook. Download Chapter...

  • Chapter 2.6 – Assisting people from culturally ...PDF

    An inability to communicate can be one of the greatest forms of isolation for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD backgrounds. Communication skills and resources are described in this chapter of the Duties of Justices...

  • Chapter 2.7 – Assisting people with disabilitiesPDF

    As a JP you must maintain the procedures, integrity and independence of your office while offering additional help for people with a disability. Anytime an interpreter is used, they must be placed on oath or affirmation before assisting...

  • Chapter 3.1 – Certifying copies of documentsPDF Popular

    The latest chapter version information for Section 3 of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook. Content update as at 12:15pm 23 June 2017. Download Chapter 3.1 below. Alternatively you can download the complete handbook.

  • Chapter 4.1 – Witnessing documents – general ...PDF Popular

    JPs have the authority to witness any lawful document, from commercial contracts to powers of attorney. How you do this is described in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook. Download Chapter 4.1 below....

  • Chapter 4.2 – Witnessing statutory declarationsPDF Popular

    Statutory declarations are written statements declaring something is true and correct. They carry a degree of formal authority that statements with only a signature do not. How you do this is described in this chapter of the Duties of...

  • Chapter 4.3 – Camera-detected offence notice – ...PDF Popular

    Steps to witness a camera-detected offence notice are outlined in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook. Download Chapter 4.3 below. Alternatively you can download the complete handbook.

  • Chapter 4.4 – Witnessing applications under ...PDF

    Your role in witnessing applications for protection orders and details of the Act are described in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook. Download Chapter 4.4 below. Alternatively you can download the...

  • Chapter 4.5 – Witnessing blue card applicationsPDF

    Blue cards are issued under the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000. How and why you would witness an application is described in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook....

  • Chapter 4.6 – Administering oaths and affirmationsPDF Popular

    By law, certain statements must be sworn under oath or by affirmation. How you administer either of them are presented in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook. Download Chapter 4.6 below. Alternatively...

  • Chapter 4.7 – Witnessing affidavitsPDF Popular

    An affidavit is a written statement for use as evidence in court in lieu of verbal evidence. How to witness an affidavit is described in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook. Download Chapter 4.7...

  • Chapter 4.8 – Witnessing family law documentsPDF Popular

    The Family Court of Australian and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia are collectively known as Family Law Courts. The steps for witnessing divorce applications and family law affidavits are described in this chapter of the Duties of...

  • Chapter 4.9 - Witnessing general powers of ...PDF Popular

    Identifying and witnessing a GPA, EPA or AHD document is described in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook. Download Chapter 4.9 below. Alternatively you can download the complete handbook.

  • Chapter 4.10 – Witnessing willsPDF Popular

    A will is one of the most important documents a person will sign during their lifetime. Guidelines on how to witness a will are described in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook. Download Chapter 4.10...

  • Chapter 4.11 – Witnessing Titles Registry formsPDF Popular

    Important changes to the Land Title Act 1994 and the Land Act 1994 (the Acts) come into effect on 30 September 2019 which affect all Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declarations. To help you, we have published a technical...

  • Chapter 4.12 - Witnessing international, ...PDF Popular

    Your powers as a JP apply to all matters within Queensland, but there are limits to your witnessing role outside of Queensland and Australia. What powers you have are described in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the Peace...

  • Chapter 4.13 – Witnessing the consent to the ...PDF

    You are eligible to witness the signature of a person who is authorised to give consent to the marriage of a minor. Why and how you do this is described in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook....

  • Chapter 5.1 – Issuing summonsesPDF Popular

    Issued under the Justices Act 1886, a summons commands a person to attend a court at a prescribed time and place as set out in the form. Why a summons is issued and when to served it are described in this chapter of the Duties of...

  • Chapter 5.2 - Issuing a summons or warrant ...PDF

    Designed to protect an individual’s right to peace and quiet, why someone would make an application under this Act and how are described in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook. Download Chapter 5.2...

  • Chapter 5.3 - Issuing warrants under the ...PDF

    Your role in issuing a warrant under this Act is explained in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook. Download Chapter 5.3 below. Alternatively you can download the complete handbook.

  • Chapter 5.4 - Issuing search warrantsPDF Popular

    A search warrant authorises police officers to enter and search a place for evidence relating to an offence that has been committed. What a warrant is, and why and how a warrant is issued is described in this chapter of the Duties of...

  • Chapter 5.5 – Issuing arrest warrantsPDF

    An arrest warrant authorises a police officer to arrest a particular person, take them into custody and then bring them before a court. As a JP, you ensure the warrant is necessary and there is enough evidence to support allegations....

  • Chapter 6.1 – Attending a record of interviewPDF

    You may be asked to attend when police are formally questioning a suspect. Understanding what the law requires of you in this situation is described in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook. Download...

  • Chapter 6.2 – Granting extensions of detention ...PDF

    There are many considerations to factor before extending a detention period under the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000. How to consider and issue an application is described in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the...

  • Chapter 6.3 – Your powers under the Customs ...PDF

    A JP (Qual) has limited powers in relation to the Customs Act 1901. What they are and how you use them are described in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook. Download Chapter 6.3 below. Alternatively...

  • Chapter 6.4 – Granting and refusing bailPDF

    If no magistrate is available, you as a JP have the power to hear applications for bail, seek information, decide on bail conditions and listen to some types of applications. What to use these powers for, as well as why and how, is...

  • Chapter 6.5 – Hearing a bail application PDF

    How you can conduct a bail hearing is described in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook. Download Chapter 6.5 below. Alternatively you can download the complete handbook.

  • Chapter 6.6 – Sureties and securityPDF

    Approving surety and security is described in this chapter of the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook. Download Chapter 6.6 below. Alternatively you can download the complete handbook.

  • Chapter 7.1 – Further informationPDF

    Quick links to government and non-government organisations. Download Chapter 7.1 below. Alternatively you can download the complete handbook.

  • Chapter 7.2 – Glossary of terms and acronymsPDF

    A basic guide to the most commonly used terms and acronyms in the Duties of Justices of the Peace (Qualified) handbook. Download Chapter 7.2 below. Alternatively you can download the complete handbook.

  • Chapter 8.1 – IndexPDF

    Alphabetical list of the most common keywords in the handbook.

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