FAQ

What does Accredited mean?

You may see this label next to a JPs name.

Accreditation is a process that allows JPs to strive for excellence in their delivery of quality services to the New Zealand community.

To gain accreditation, a JP has to complete a 50 question on-line assessment with at least 90% correct. The result is valid for 2 years.
They must also participate in (or deliver) a learning activity of at least 1 hour’s duration each year.

So accreditation is a way in which the public can have confidence that the Justice of the Peace they are dealing with has the skills, current knowledge and competence to do the task. 

My original documents are on-line. How does a JP certify a copy?

If you need a certified copy of an on-line document (such as a power bill, bank statement)…

You can

  1. print a copy of the on-line document before visiting the JP
  2. take your smartphone, tablet or laptop when you visit the JP.
  3. they will ask you to login on your device, to the website or email account where the document is stored
  4. the JP will compare the on-line document with the printed copy
  5. if the on-line version and the copy are identical. the JP will certify the copy

What if you don’t have a mobile device?

  1. when you make the appointment to see a JP ask if they have a computer you can use
  2. print a copy of the on-line document before visiting the JP
  3. to protect your private details, you login to the website or email account where the document is stored
  4. the JP will compare the on-line document with the printed copy
  5. once the JP has finished, you log out of your account
  6. if the on-line version and the copy are identical. the JP will certify the copy
I’m having difficulty finding a JP

Justices of the Peace may be away from their contact phone or address at the times you wish to have your documents completed.

You may have to try several phone numbers before you locate someone who can help you.

Many areas now run service centres where a JP will see you, with no appointment needed.

Justices of the Peace lead busy lives and the work they do is voluntary. They try to accommodate the requests of members of the public at all reasonable times and within reasonable time frames.

What should I take when I go to visit a JP?

Bring some form of photo ID such as your passport or driver licence.

Bring any notes or instructions that came with your document.
This will help the JP to complete the task correctly.

If you want the JP to certify copies of documents

  • make copies of your originals before seeing the JP
  • take the originals and the copies with you, so they can be compared
  • sort the originals and the copies into separate groups with the documents in the same order
What does it cost to visit a JP?

Nothing. Our services are provided absolutely free of charge.
JPs are not allowed to accept payment nor any kind of gift.

If you ask a JP to photocopy a document for you, they may ask you to pay for the copy.