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Need a Justice of the Peace?

By Skidbladnir - 21 April 2008 17

I only discovered this handy list the other day, and while it isn’t really -news- it is information that at some point, you may find handy if ever you need someone to witness documents, administer an oath or affirmation if needed for court proceedings, or witness a statutory declaration.
(Especially for those of you who don’t work in buildings infested with people who qualify under the “Permanent employee of 5 or more years of a Federal\State\Local Government or Authority” provisions)

The ACT Justices of the Peace list sorted by suburb and availability.
This document is controlled (so should be up to date whenever viewed) but accuracy can only be guaranteed when viewed electronically.

Justices of the Peace must be publicly available at all reasonable times (0900hrs – 2000hrs seven days a week). This means that they need to be available after hours, on weekends and, if possible, during business hours (with agreement of their employer).

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17 Responses to
Need a Justice of the Peace?
Morgan 4:33 pm 21 Apr 08

S4anta said :

@ Morgan:

Showing thanks for a job well done, is certainly is not bribery. Your comment only adds fuel to the fire that is all those people out in the general community that think others are there to serve themselves. With all due respect you are an oxygen theif and I firmly believe you have just forfeited your right to live.

If only ensuring mutants like yourself couldn’t add to our collective misery was legal.

JP’s become JP’s to serve the community. Giving them something for doing a job that they swear to the Queen to do for free is a gratuity, it is bribery, it is illegal. JP’s are entitled to resign if they dont like the conditions of service. We all do things for the community that we do not expect to be paid for it, a simple thank you will suffice. If we had to pay for everything that is done for us we would surely live in an unhealthy society.

I am only not offended that you called me an oxygen thief as you are clearly a victim of the Stanhopes government serious record on mental health in the territory. But otherwise, please feel free to stick this up your jumper!

Mælinar 4:29 pm 21 Apr 08

I don’t think a box of roses (the cadbury chocolates) has ever been considered an inappropriate anything, apart from when talking dietry choice at weight watchers.

taco 4:22 pm 21 Apr 08

@ S4anta

I am pretty sure JPs are not allowed to receive any gifts/monetary thanks for doing their role.

What exactly were you suggesting is an appropriate “small token of appreciation”?

cranky 4:14 pm 21 Apr 08

Apparently being found drunk in charge on the Parkway does not disqualify one from office.

S4anta 3:57 pm 21 Apr 08

@ Morgan:

Showing thanks for a job well done, is certainly is not bribery. Your comment only adds fuel to the fire that is all those people out in the general community that think others are there to serve themselves. With all due respect you are an oxygen theif and I firmly believe you have just forfeited your right to live.

If only ensuring mutants like yourself couldn’t add to our collective misery was legal.

Morgan 3:31 pm 21 Apr 08

S4anta said :

May I suggest that anyone approaching a JP off the street does come armed with some small token of appreciation as they these folk provide this service free of charge, and there is a small amount of compliance type paperwork involved.

So suck it in, showing your appreciation to a stranger is Australian, to do not so is not.

I am sure that bribing government officials is illegal.

Fiona 3:16 pm 21 Apr 08

I have found visiting The Canberra Hospital good for finidng someone who can do things right away. They keep teh list at the info desk of people who work tehre and you can just call internally until you find someone in their office.

Skidbladnir 2:23 pm 21 Apr 08

Note to [Ed]: no you didn’t, in the original post the “The ACT Justices of the Peace list sorted by suburb and availability” phrase above “This document is controlled” was the link to the page.
The “this website” link was just in general linking to the JCS page so I was giving context to the copyright compliance disclaimer.

But anyway, it works well enough.

Skidbladnir 2:16 pm 21 Apr 08

From http://www.jcs.act.gov.au/eLibrary/jps/jpinfo.pdf

All reasonable times:
If an applicant is working this means being available after business hours ie evenings, and on weekends and if possible during business hours. If an applicant is no longer working this means being available both during the day, in the evenings, and on weekends.”

Subject to realistic social norms of “I’m sorry, I am having a shower\giving birth\in a meeting, can we make an arrangement slightly more suitable to -both- our schedules?”. There is a reason why there’s only 1000 of them in the ACT, in addition to meeting the qaulifications, you need to be of the specially suited 0.3% of population willing to put up with the job.

ABC129 1:51 pm 21 Apr 08

Whilst the above does say that JPs must be available at all reasonable times, it is worth noting that those people have lives, and jobs, as well.
They need to earn a living just like the rest of us and if they have prior commitments (ie, meetings/ training courses/ etc) then its not fair to mouth off at them for not being available this very second.
They are unpaid volunteers.

ant 12:19 pm 21 Apr 08

Various other people can sign things… from memory, Bank Managers, people who run Oz Post Offices, Pharmacists etc etc.

Skidbladnir 12:04 pm 21 Apr 08

The linked document is 34 pages long, and if they’re a certified JP in the ACT, they’re on that list.
Their phone numbers are listed to arrange a meeting.

szeretetta 11:58 am 21 Apr 08

Belconnen Police Station has a JP in attendance on Tuesdays and Saturdays between 11 and 2.

S4anta 11:42 am 21 Apr 08

May I suggest that anyone approaching a JP off the street does come armed with some small token of appreciation as they these folk provide this service free of charge, and there is a small amount of compliance type paperwork involved.

So suck it in, showing your appreciation to a stranger is Australian, to do not so is not.

Skidbladnir 11:19 am 21 Apr 08

Odd, the link around the phrase “The ACT Justices of the Peace list sorted by suburb and availability” didn’t work.

If any friendly mod wants to fix it, it should be going to

http://www.jcs.act.gov.au/eLibrary/jps/jplist.pdf

Otherwise y’all can use that link.

[Ed. fixed link]

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