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The Department of Justice has a variety of volunteers who provide a range of support to its various services. Volunteers also provide expertise and input into Department projects and initiatives through community reference groups.

Court Counselling and Support

Volunteers are engaged in the Family Violence Service, Victim Support Service and Child Witness Service where they provide support and court companionship to victims of family and domestic violence, victims of crime and child witnesses required to give evidence or who may otherwise be attending court.

This support includes court preparation, assistance with violence restraining order applications, court familiarisation, keeping victims informed of court dates and outcomes and providing general information about the services available.

Volunteers undergo extensive training and are supported by a professional team.


Co-ordinator Volunteer Services
Victim Support and Child Witness Service
Department of Justice
Level 2, District Court Building
500 Hay Street
Phone: (08) 9425 2850

Justices of the Peace

Justices of the Peace are independent volunteers who undertake a range of administrative duties in the community including swearing, affirming and declaring documents. Other administrative duties relate to bail applications and issuing search warrants.

At many court locations throughout the State, Justices of the Peace are required to perform judicial duties presiding in magistrates courts.


Manager, Justices of the Peace Branch
Department of Justice
GPO Box F317
Phone: (08) 9425 2827
Fax: (08) 9425 2771

Office of the Public Advocate

Volunteers in the Office of the Public Advocate’s Community Guardianship Program are matched with an adult with a decision-making disability for whom the Public Advocate has been appointed as the guardian of last resort.

Once appointed by the State Administrative Tribunal, the community guardian’s role is to make informed decisions in the person’s best interests.


Community Guardianship Program Co-ordinator
Office of the Public Advocate
Phone: 1300 858 455

Last updated: 3-Aug-2018

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