BECOMING A JP

Nominations to become a JP may be accepted only from the Member of Parliament for the electorate where you live. If you are interested in becoming a JP, you should visit your electorate office for more information and a nomination form (the form is not available online).

  • Nominees must be New Zealand citizens or residents, listed on the electoral roll
  • They must have a good command of both written and spoken English
  • They must be confident computer users
  • They must declare all criminal convictions and not be bankrupt
  • Letters of support are required from two Community Groups where the nominee does volunteer work

Once a nomination form has been completed, you will be interviewed by your MP, and further interviews may follow with JP and court officials. Following these, provisional approval may be given by the Associate Minister of Justice. Face-to-face training then follows, along with an online test. Once completed, the nomination is signed off by the Governor-General, and the new JP is then sworn in by a District Court judge. After a period of mentoring, the new JP is ready to commence work as a JP.

This entire process could take up to 12–18 months.

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