Benefits of Membership

Why QJA?  

When you become a member of QJA you:

  • are connected to and supported by, a network of people like you, dedicated to providing best practice service to the community as Justices of the Peace or Commissioners for Declarations.
  • have the backing of Australia's largest organisation for honorary justices and Queensland's most established.
  • don't have to feel you're on your own.  We offer ongoing professional development, member tools and updates, support and networking opportunities.
  • have other benefits such as coverage under our liability and voluntary workers' insurance and free wills prepared by our pro bono solicitors, Hall Payne

Are you a JP or C.Dec?

Join your professional association today!


Branches & Contract Groups

QJA has a growing number of branches and contract groups throughout Queensland.

Branches and contract groups facilitate a number of activities, including regular meetings, organising signing facilities and professional development workshops.

See theBranch page on our website or the back page of our Journal for the branch or contact group nearest you.

Can't find one? Let us know if you are interested in being involved in a QJA branch or contact group and we can assist with chartering a branch in your area.

Queensland Justices Association
PO Box 8419
Woolloongabba Qld 4102

p 07 3392 2455

f 07 3392 2955

ABN 41 009 666 559

Queensland Justices Association (QJA) is a member organisation connecting honorary justices (Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Declaration) all around Queensland.

Being a member means that you:

  • Keep up to date with changes through our quarterly journal, web resources, member events and refreshers
  • Have available to you ongoing support and advice and networking opportunities
  • Are protected by our liability and voluntary workers insurance
  • Can receive the benefit of a free Will for you and your spouse through Hall Payne Solicitors
  • Can receive a reduced fee for preparation of an Enduring Power of Attorney through Hall Payne Solicitors.

So join now and be connected to Queensland's largest and long-standing organisation for honorary justices.

Did you know?

Justices of the Peace, as we know them today, are a British tradition that began in the 14th Century to uphold the King’s peace. They were esteemed gentlemen appointed within the British feudal system to deal with minor offences. The role spread to the British colonies when the Empire was expanding. In 1788, Governor Arthur Phillip was the first JP in Australia.

When Queensland separated from New South Wales in 1859, this also coincided with the very first Justices of the Peace for and in the State of Queensland. Today, JPs and C.Decs are still highly respected members of the community, but come from all walks of life and undergo training prior to being appointed.

QJA is committed to preserving this long-standing traditional office, by promoting a diverse and active JP and C.Dec community that is well-equiped to take on the ever evolving responsibilities of this Office in the 21st century

As a Justice of the Peace or Commissioner for Declarations in Queensland, there are 7 good reasons to join a professional peak body.

1. The QJA Journal

The QJA Journal each quarter has been keeping Queensland’s JPs and C.Decs up-to-date with the latest legislative changes in JP practice periodically since 1936. New legislation and accompanying procedures to witness new documents is changing all the time.

2. Regular Professional Development

QJA holds professional development workshops, conferences and networking events all over Queensland and provides members with discounts. Come and meet like-minded fellow JPs and C.Decs and listen to our distinguished guest speakers on a range of topics relevant for JPs and C.Decs. Keep updated and refreshed on all the latest developments affecting you.

3. Members Only section of our website

Professional development resources, such as videos, Guide to JP Practice updates and back issues of The QJA Journal are available in the Members Only section of our website. QJA is committed to delivering more professional development online and hopes to offer more to members through this medium and via email. Join today to gain exclusive access!

4. Insurance

QJA’s members are covered under our professional indemnity and public liability insurance for their duties relating to JP work.

5. Exclusive merchandise

Feel part of a prestigious, supportive team with a range of QJA branded merchandise, including shirts, ties and caps and even handbag hooks! If you just need practical help, we accommodate that too, with a range of exclusive stamps and log books. Contact us or see our website for a complete guide to our stamps. We also sell our self-published Guide to JP Practice in Queensland. You can order these from our website under QJA Shop or the with the order form enclosed with your Journal.

6. Partnerships

Hall Payne Lawyers are the QJA’s honorary Lawyers and are available to assist our Members with free wills, as well as a free initial consultation on any legal matter. Going on a trip? We have an exclusive discount with Hertz. Need a better deal on your home loan? Our relationship with Heritage Bank offers competitive rates on home and personal loans.

7. Volunteering

Do you have spare time and feel like giving something back to the community? QJA’s branches and contact groups are always looking for volunteers who can spare a few hours on a regular basis at public signing facilities. Your local branch would love to hear from you if we can assist with connecting you to your local community by volunteering as a JP.