Justice of the Peace

Burwood Council is providing a Justice of the Peace service - Witnessing documents remotely using an Audio Visual Link (AVL)

Remote witnessing of legal documents will continue to be permitted until the end of 2021, under arrangements by the NSW Government using an Audio Visual Link. Councils Justice of the Peace service will not be available in the month of January 2022.

For your nearest Justice of the Peace service go to https://www.jp.nsw.gov.au/Pages/justices-of-the-peace/finding-a-jp.aspx

The documents are limited to Commonwealth statutory declarations in NSW or affidavits under section 26 of the Oaths Act 1900 (NSW)

The requirements for AVL witnessing are:

  • The signatory must be located in NSW
  • The signatory must sign the document using Audio Visual Link (AVL) the witness must see the signatory sign the document in real time over the AVL
  • The signatory is required to scan and email to the document to the witness
  • The witness will sign the document or an exact copy of the document, as evidence that they witnessed the signature
  • The witness must be reasonably satisfied that the document they sign is the same document, or a copy of the document signed by the signatory.
  • The witness must endorse the document with a statement that specifies the method used to witness the signature and that it was witness in accordance with section 14G of the Electronic Transactions Act 2000 (NSW)
  • The witness will scan and email the document to the signatory.

The remote witnessing provisions do not permit copies of documents to be certified remotely

  • A document cannot be certified as a true copy of the original

To make an appointment call 9911 9911