Nationals to Focus on Aged Care


3 September 2003

As part of the administrative arrangements for the introduction of the Justices of the Peace Act 2002, the Attorney General's Department has introduced a moratorium on the processing of new applications for Justices of the Peace, National Party Member for Lismore, Thomas George, said today.

Mr George said that he had been advised that the moratorium would be in place until at least 28 November 2003.

"The moratorium is necessary for the Attorney General's Department to finalise all existing applications for appointment as a Justice of the Peace and to allow them to put in place the necessary administrative arrangements required by the legislation," Mr George said.

The local MP said that the Justices of the Peace Act 2002 will introduce significant changes to the administration of JPs when it is enacted later this year.

"The most important of these will limit the tenure of JPs to a five year period," Mr George said.

"Existing JPs will have three years to reapply for their appointment."

"My electorate office is able to provide advice and information about the changes and will maintain a register of people needing to apply for reappointment as a Justice of the Peace under the new legislation."

Mr George said that he electorate office can be contacted on 6621 3624 or by email to

"When the new forms become available I will make sure that they are sent out automatically," concluded Thomas George.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

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