Justices of the Peace
A justice of the peace (JP) acts as an independent and objective witness to documents people use for official or legal purposes. For example, a JP may:
- certify a true copy of an original document
- certify a person's identity
- witness an affidavit for use in court
- witness a statutory declaration.
There are circumstances where someone other than a JP is able to sign or witness documents. In South Australia, the following people have the authority to witness certain documents:
- notaries public
- commissioners for taking affidavits in Supreme Courts of South Australia
- certain members of the police force.