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Justices of the Peace

coat of armsWhat 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.

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Information on JPs in Dunedin

  • The Wednesday JP service will now be operating out of the Otago Museum on 419 Great King Street, North Dunedin. There is no need to make an appointment. Customers will need to speak to the Museum reception upon arrival.
    Justice of the Peace service staff 2023
  • The JP service on a Wednesday operates between 9:00am–3:00pm.
  • 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 on the JP Fed website.

For JP enquiries on the University of Otago campus, please contact:

Tel 0800 80 80 98

Christchurch campus students

There is a Justice of the Peace at Christchurch Hospital, contact:

Gerard Thomas
Tel extn. 80034

Southland, Wellington and Auckland campus students

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