Romley Stewart Stover

Romley Stewart Stover is an OPCA adherent from Far North Queensland. He is the author of “The Justinian Deception” and also runs the Justinian Deception website, and invents various other associated pseudo legal myths. 


He doesn’t recognise his surname as his own, so you rarely see it online. He refers to himself only by his Christian and middle name, Romley Stewart. On Facebook he goes by the handle Justinian Woodlands or sometimes Codney Woodlands. He uses these false names because his work is top secret and government forces are trying to intimidate him into silence over their use of grammar to enslave the population. 

There is also a Justinian Deception Discussion group on Facebook and various associated pages.

The main premise of his particularly bizarre OPCA strain is the belief that ones “Christian name” is their proper name, while the added “Surname” is the mechanism by which the state gains authority over an individual. He provides a range of distorted definitions and other misconceived notions attempting to establish this.

In 2014 he served notices on various Queensland government departments alerting them to this change in name and legal status, along with the typical OPCA homemade identification and licences using the “travelling” premise.

He had also provided the details of his four unregistered vehicles intending to use homemade plates to drive them on the roads of the Yidindji Tribal Nation, an Aboriginal micronation attempt around the Cairns area associated with the Original Sovereign Tribal Federation. Murrumu Walubara Yidindji, (formerly known as Jeremy Geia) was charged by police in May 2015 after being caught with a licence and registration plates issued by the Yidindji government and not by the Queensland government.

In early 2015, Romley Stover was arrested during a traffic stop after he gave a false name “Romley Stewart” as he refused to acknowledge his surname. He insisted that the paperwork effectively changed his name and that he no longer was required to have a licence or register his vehicle.

…. Video of first arrest to be added ….

He continued to drive unlicenced and unregistered, and a warrant ensued related to the prior charges. He was arrested a second time in May with identical charges.

The vehicle was also apparently seized in relation to this incident, which Romley Stover demanded to be returned at the threat of $100,000 per day fine as per the fee schedule in his OPCA foisted unilateral contract.

After failing to appear at court, a bench warrant was issued and police attended his residence in early June 2015. Romley Stover’s daughter Madelaine Stover (who also follows her fathers theories and is active online), attempted in this video to convince the officers that Romley Stover did not exist.

In mid July 2015, he failed to appear a second time, and Police finally caught up with him, apparently hiding under the house to avoid being arrested. His daughter Madelaine Stover was once again at the residence, and video recorded the arrest.

Romley Stover had by this stage began a campaign of “exposing” the various Police officers involved by publishing photos of the officers on social media with various accusations, and requesting his followers stalk them to find out their home addresses. A search warrant was executed at his residence where guns, computers and recording devices were found and seized. He was subsequently charged with four counts of stalking and two counts of unlawfully possessing a weapon. Magistrate Magee ordered that he be banned from posting on social media as a bail condition.

9News: “Alleged Qld police stalker gets bailed“:


Romley Stover attended court for sentencing in March 2016, pleading guilty to the offences, while claiming Police had forced him to enter a guilty plea. At his request, Magistrate Comans changed his plea and adjourned the matter for trial. The Cairns Post: “Magistrate denies guilty plea from Cairns man accused of stalking police“:

At the trial in August 2016, Romley Stover argued the name was not his, and that the all-capitals surname was not correct English. He was subsequently found guilty of the charges and banned from posting on social media for 5 years.

This did not stop him from posting on social media, the profile Justinian Woodlands began just a few months later in October 2016, and has been active ever since. About a year later in 2017 he engaged with me on the former website of the Australian Paralegal Foundation, to which I provided an open letter response.

My rebuttal to his “Justinian Deception” can be found in the article: “The Romley Stewart Deception by Justinian“.

In response to my well referenced and factual critique of his theories, Romley Stewart Stover (in his persona as Justinian Woodlands) posted the following reply and picture in mid 2018:

“WARNING: This man seems to have many names, I have heard some stories about him losing some court case but I don’t know the full story or who he really is. I have nothing to do with him, he also confuses people into thinking that he is me, it is not me, its disturbing. He refuses to answer questions relating to the two birthing certificates, he was not even aware of the “other” CERTIFICATE OF BIRTH, of the Christian office. Be warned, I have nothing to do with this person. He may be a plant. He is not the first threat I have received.”


Due to his non-response and senseless meme, I responded in identical form:

“WARNING: This man seems to have two names, I have heard some stories about him losing some court case although the magistrate did feel sympathetic towards his mental health condition. I have nothing to do with him, he also confuses people into thinking that they can use their middle name as a surname to avoid liability, which is very disturbing. He refuses to answer constructive criticism of his conclusions, despite it containing verifiable evidence. Be warned, I have nothing to do with this non-person. He may be a garden-variety pot plant. He is not the first threat to peoples general sanity I have received.”

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It appears Romley Stover is following in Wayne Glew‘s footsteps. In February 2019, Cairns Regional Council gave him a Notice of Intention to Sell his property at 30 Magee Street Aeroglen due to rates arrears exceeding three years. The notice was subsequently published in the Government Gazette and various prominent newspapers.

Romley Stover was to appear at the Cairns Local Court on 19 August 2021, but I am unsure of the charges or the outcome in this matter. Judging by his continued adherence to the same OPCA variant, I doubt that he appeared.