Rights and responsibilities

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.

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