Most of us will require the services of a Justice of the Peace (JP) at some point but knowing where to find one can be tricky. The principal functions of a JP in Canberra and the greater ACT region are witnessing signatures and authenticating copies of documents, although there may be other situations in which their services are required.
In this article, we’ll share three places where you can reliably find and engage the services of a Justice of the Peace in Canberra.
Before we get started, we’ll walk through some of the key criteria to look for in a JP. After all, you can never be too careful when it comes to legal matters. Let’s get started right away.
What makes a reliable Justice of the Peace?
Not sure what makes a reliable Justice of the Peace? No worries. We understand just how important it is to ensure the legal professional you work with has integrity. Here are a few traits to look for when seeking out a JP.
- First and foremost, ensure the JP you work with is qualified, registered, and identified. If you are uncertain about the qualification of the JP near you, you can search their name in the government database here.
- Conveniently located. If like most who use a JP, you simply need a document copy authenticated, you probably don’t want to travel too far out of your way. Convenience is key.
- Confidentiality is another vital factor when seeking legal services – and the use of a JP is no exception.
- Free service.JPs provide their service free of charge. If a Justice of the Peace is attempting to charge you, something isn’t right.
The top Justice of the Peace services in Canberra
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Here are the top-quality and reliable Justice of the Peace service providers throughout the Canberra region.
Most university campuses have an on-site JP – the Australian National University is no different. The ANU Campus Justice of the Peace is Suzanne Groves. She can be contacted via email at Suzanne.Groves@anu.edu.au. Her services are by appointment only, so you can organise a time that best caters to your schedule.
Every Saturday morning between 11 am and 1 pm, a Justice of the Peace delivers quality services in the centre’s Community Room on level three opposite the Westpac bank. If you’re in the area, drop into the shopping centre for a touch of window shopping before you get your errands done.
Whether you need your signature witnessed or a copy certified, the professional JPs at the Cooleman Court Centre can help. The free service takes place every Wednesday between 11 am and 1 pm on level one near ‘CC Beauty Centre’. Do keep in mind that the JP service is not available on public holidays and schedules may vary during holiday periods. The Centre Management is more than happy to confirm exact times and dates.
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