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Welcome Nau mai haere mai

This site offers information about Justices of the Peace across Greater Auckland… the services we provide, where and how to find us and other useful facts.

JPs are volunteers.  Our services to the community are made free of charge and without payment. Local JPs in your neighbourhood are happy to help, either at Service Desks or in their free time in which case the courtesy of making an appointment is always appreciated.

Auckland JPs, through their Association, are affiliated to the nation-wide organisation, the Royal Federation of Justices’ Associations, which provides accreditation (a measure of competence) for JPs and other membership services.

About Us

Justice of the Peace is the oldest legalistic position in New Zealand. Joseph Kendall was appointed our first JP in 1814, based at the mission settlement in the Bay of Islands, Northland. JPs have been serving their community for more than 200 years!   All JPs carry out Ministerial duties, while some undergo further training to carry out Judicial duties.

Ministerial JP duties include

  • Taking Affidavits, Oaths and Declarations
  • Witnessing signatures
  • Certifying copies
  • Certifying proof of identity

Judicial duties include

  • Hearing summary offences in Court
  • Hearing bail applications and requests for remands and adjournments

JPs may also officiate at private ceremonies to administer the Oath or Affirmation for those adopting New Zealand Citizenship.

Some JPs also perform other related services in the community:

  • Nominated Persons: supporting Children and Young Persons during police interviews
  • Issuing Officers: checking/signing-off search warrants
  • Duties under the Mental Health Act
  • Observers at General and Local Government Elections