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Annual Report 2015/16
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Agency Performance

Justices of the Peace

The office of Justice of the Peace (JP) is a voluntary and statutory position involving a range of duties and responsibilities, most commonly including the witnessing of documents. At many justice facilities throughout Western Australia, JPs are also required to preside over Magistrates Courts, particularly in regional areas. The Department has responsibility for supporting Western Australian JPs.

Outcomes 2015/16

This year the Department continued to increase training opportunities for the State’s 2,814 JPs.

In particular, training was targeted at the 261 JPs who are eligible and make themselves available for judicial duties.

The Department publishes a JP newsletter which is distributed quarterly to all JPs. The newsletter provides JPs with timely information about training opportunities and information relevant to their role as a JP in the community.

To facilitate ongoing improvement and appropriate training for JPs, the Department distributes an annual survey to JPs. The survey provides information in respect to the type and frequency of duties that JPs perform and assists the Department to review the training needs of JPs.

A total of 70 training seminars, workshops and online modules were conducted in the year, which included 12 in the metropolitan area, 34 in regional locations and 24 online modules. A total of 632 JPs participated in approved Departmental training seminars, workshops and online modules.


Last updated: 27-Sep-2016

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