What’s the difference between a notary public and a justice of peace?
In Australia, the main difference between a notary public and a justice of peace is that a notary public is recognised overseas (ie, outside of Australia) while a justice of peace is only recognised in Australia. The role of a notary public can be best described as an ‘international justice of the peace’.
If your document needs to be used overseas then you will generally need to have your document notarised by a notary public. The fact that you are asking this question and you are now reading this page suggests that someone has asked you to use a notary public or to have your documents notarised.
A notary public can also assist you with documents that you use in Australia, but as a justice of the peace may not charge a fee for their service, using a justice of the peace for documents that you use in Australia is financially logical choice.
For your further information, all notaries in Australia must be lawyers but not all lawyers are or must be notaries. A justice of peace does not have to be a lawyer (and probably most justice of peace are not lawyers). For more information regarding JPs in New South Wales, please visit http://www.jp.nsw.gov.au/.
* this is our most ‘frequent’ frequently asked question regarding our notary public services.
Other FAQs regarding our notary public services
If you have any other questions regarding our notary public services, please contact our office on 02 9687 8885 to speak with our notary public or visit our other frequently asked questions, also found below:
- What’s a ‘notary public’?
- What does a notary public do?
- What’s the difference between a notary public and a justice of peace?
- What makes you different from other notaries?
- What’s an ‘apostille’?
- What’s the Apostille Convention?
- I’ve been told I need an apostille. Where and how do I get it?
- What’s ‘authentication’?
- Are you recognised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade?
- Do you provide any services other than notary services?
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Why choose Phang Legal for your public notary services?
We are a leading provider of public notary services in Sydney known for our low-cost fixed fee notary services, our availability to provide public notary services on short notice, and our focus on personal and timely public notary services. With our offices conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area, our public notary assists clients from across all suburbs of Sydney and beyond.
This website is maintained by Phang Legal, an incorporated legal practice in Parramatta and a leading provider of public notary services to clients across Sydney. Extensive experience and low-cost fixed prices ensures quality services and satisfied clients.
Ern Phang is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a public notary. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a public notary and the kinds of issues faced by his clients in sending documents overseas.
This information is correct as at the date of publication (2010-01-01 00:00:49) and may not include subsequent changes.