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Justices of the Peace

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What is a Justice of Peace (JP)?

A JP is a member of the community appointed by the Governor-General to meet the needs of their community. They are “people of good standing in the community (which is not to be identified with material prosperity), who are respected as persons of good sense, character and integrity". Their work is an unpaid service not connected with their employment.

What to do if you need a JP

Find out what type of work JPs can do


Information on JPs in Dunedin

  • On most Wednesdays from 9am to 3pm there is a community JP service in the Information Services Building on 65 Albany Street, next to the AskOtago Hub. There is no need to make an appointment. Refer to the Wednesday JP service list for dates and on duty staff. Please note that under Alert level 2 and higher this walk-in JP service is not available. Please refer to the JP Federation website for further service information.
  • The Justices of the Peace Federation also provide other community JP services weekly in Dunedin. Refer to the Dunedin community JP service desk list for time and location details.
  • There are university staff who are members of the Justices of the Peace federation who can be contacted to arrange an appointment for JP services. Refer to the University of Otago Staff Justices of the Peace (JP) document for the contact details
  • Other JPs available in the community can be found in the yellow pages and on the JP Fed website.

For JP enquires on the University of Otago Campus, please contact:

Tel 0800 80 80 98

Wellington Campus students

Christine Groves is available for JP services.

To make an appointment, please contact:

Christine Groves
Tel +64 4 918 6855

Christchurch Campus students

Karaitiana Taiuru is available for JP services.

To make an appointment, please contact:

Karaitiana Taiuru
Tel +64 3 364 1543 (ext 81543)
Mob +64 21 0707 507

Southland and Auckland Campus students

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