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Pre Appointment Training Course

The Justice of the Peace (JP) training course is only available to people who have been recommended for appointment as a justice of the peace by the Attorney General.

In certain circumstances, it may also be available for current JPs. The course is funded by the Department of Justice.

The course is designed to prepare successful applicants for the community work they will undertake and includes training in:

  • judicial duties required when presiding in court, including information about sentencing, bail, cultural considerations, dealing with victims of crime and determining restraining orders
  • issuing warrants, including search warrants
  • processing bail, and surety applications
  • attesting documents including affidavits and statutory declarations
  • the Children's Court and juvenile justice issues.

Prospective applicants should be aware that this course must be successfully completed before they can be appointed as a JP.

The North Metropolitan TAFE offers courses both 'on campus' and by online modules. The on campus courses are scheduled for a whole week at least twice a year. There are monthy intakes for the online course. Students who choose to enrol in the course by online modules have 15 weeks to complete. 

Candidates offered an appointment to become a JP must complete the course within 12 months of the offer. Failure to complete the pre-appointment training within 12 months may result in the offer of appointment lapsing.

Applicants should consider the commitment required to complete this short course before proceeding with their application to become a JP. Further information is available below on the advantages and disadvantages of both in-class and correspondence learning.

Once appointed as a JP, the Department of Justice encourages JPs to keep up-to-date with changes to the law.

JP training information including the JP Handbook, Fact Sheets and the JP Training Calendar can be viewed on the Training for JPs webpage.

Information on training is available by phoning the JP Branch Training and Research Coordinator on (08) 9425 2525 or by email to

Last updated: 15-Apr-2019

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