10794NAT – Course in Community Justice Services (Justice of the Peace[Qualified])

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10794NAT Course in Community Justice Services (Justice of the Peace [Qualified])

This course is suitable for participants who wish to apply to become a Queensland Justice of the Peace (Qualified). The duties of a JP (Qual) are not to be taken lightly. This course is NOT available in other states.

You have a vital and responsible role to play in the general community. You will at times be dealing with matters of crucial importance to people’s lives.

This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to aid in the voluntary provision of witnessing documents and minor judicial duties within the community.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be competent to apply for appointment as a Justice of the Peace (Qualified).

As a JP (Qual) you will be able to:

  • Witness oaths or affidavits
  • Take statutory declarations and affirmations
  • Witness signatures
  • Attest the execution of a document
  • Certify a true copy of an original document
  • Issue search warrants
  • Issue arrest warrants
  • Grant bail.

Please note that completing this training does not automatically allow you to begin duties as a Justice of The Peace (Qualified) in QLD. You must complete your course and then apply for your appointment. Only after you have been sworn in can you undertake these duties.

As a Justice of the Peace (Qualified) you are not able to charge for your services.

Entry Requirements

To become a JP or Cdec you must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • be at least 18 years old
  • be of good character
  • be registered on the Queensland electoral roll
  • have completed the relevant training–Course in Providing Community Justice Services (Commissioner for Declarations) (Justice of the Peace [Qualified]).

You cannot apply or hold office as a JP or Cdec if you:

  • have been convicted of a serious offence at any time (i.e. an indictable offence, irrespective of whether it was dealt with in the magistrates, district or supreme court)
  • have been convicted of more than 2 offences of any kind at any time
  • have been convicted of an offence of any kind in the last 5 years
  • have been convicted of an alcohol or drug driving offence in the last 5 years
  • have been convicted of more than 2 traffic offences in the last 4 years (i.e. convictions under the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995)
  • are an undischarged bankrupt (i.e. not yet free from bankruptcy).

Also, if you have been convicted of more than 6 offences under the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 in a 4 year period, you are not qualified to be appointed as a JP or Cdec for 5 years after the date of your last conviction.

Examples of offences include all types of criminal offences, drug related offences, financial (tax or business related), social security offences, shoplifting, or failure to pay a TOLL fee within the stated period of time.

Note that for traffic offences, a person who pays an amount by the way of a penalty for an offence, is taken to have been convicted of the offence on the day the amount is paid.

These conditions are from the Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declarations Act 1991.

Individuals convicted of more than 6 offences under the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 in a 4 year period, are not qualified to be appointed as a Justice of the Peace (Qualified) or Commissioner of Declarations for 5 years after the date of the last conviction.

What will I need to provide to enrol?

  • Enrolment Form
  • USI
  • Photo Identification
  • Payment

Units of Competency

To complete this course you must demonstrate competency in 2 units.

  • QCJWIT001 Witness or certify documents
  • QCJJUD001 Peform non-bench judicial and minor bench duties

Delivery Options

OPTION 1 – Study in Class

Complete this course by attending a 2 day face-to-face workshop, followed by an external exam. We strongly recommend you attend the 2 day face-to-face workshop to get the most out of this course. It will also be highly beneficial to you when completing the external exam.

OPTION 2 – External Exam Only

This option requires you to study the material within the JP Handbook available online and apply this knowledge to the external exam. There is no training sessions involved with this option. You will be sent the materials via email once your booking is finalised.

Note: It is recommended for this course that you complete all assessment tasks in full within 28 days. Should you not complete within 3 months of enrolment, you will be required to pay a $100 re-enrolment fee.

Course Fees

$375 (New pricing as at 1st of January, 2020).

Upgrade from CDec to JP
(must have completed CDec training within the last 2 years)

Payment Options

  • Credit Card (MasterCard, Visa & Amex)
  • Direct Deposit
  • PayPal (selected locations only)
  • zipMoney Payment Plans

ZipMoney Interest Free Terms

3 Months Interest Free $200 – $500
6 Months Interest Free $501 +

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Appointment Process

1. You will receive your certificate from Asset College by email within 2 weeks of completing your course.

2. You will then be required to submit an online application for appointment.

You will need to provide:

  • Your statement of attainment from the JP course
  • Written character references (PDF, 102KB) from 2 suitable referees
  • Proof of Australian citizenship (if you were born overseas).

3. Your application will also be automatically sent to your State Member of Parliament (MP) for nomination of your appointment. Your MP may contact you to arrange an interview before your nomination.

4. When your MP tells the Department of Justice and Attorney-General that they nominate you for appointment, the Department of Justice and Attorney-General will assess your application against the relevant sections of the Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declarations Act 1991and the Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declarations Regulation 2017.

The assessment process can take approximately 3 months.

5. If there are any issues with your application, the Department of Justice and Attorney-General will let you know. Otherwise, they will write to you to let you know your application is approved.

6. You will then need to take an Oath or Affirmation of Office and pay a registration fee before you can begin your duties as a JP or CDec at your local Magistrates Court.

You must apply to become a JP or Cdec within 2 years of successfully completing your training.


“It was a terrific weekend, a great course and I enjoyed it very much. Thank you for making it so enjoyable. Your teaching skills are second to none!! Bring on the next step, I’m ready for it!!”

Giovanna Davey

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