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Where to find a Justice of the Peace in Canberra

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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.

Justice of the Peace at ANU

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.

Justice of the Peace at Westfield Belconnen

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.

Justice of the Peace at the Cooleman Court Centre

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.

Who did you pick?

Which JP do you use? Share your experience down below in the comments area.

If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

 


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17 Responses to Where to find a Justice of the Peace in Canberra
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Meconium Meconium 9:16 pm 21 Apr 08

Lol @ Dung Tran in Fisher and Murray Spittle in Florey.

Thank you very much for the care you’ve taken
thank you very much
thank you very very very much

Thank you very much for the home we’re makin’
thank you very much
very much.

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 7:58 pm 21 Apr 08

I just rang Canberra Connect when I needed a JP and asked for ones near to me (of which there were about six) and then I rang the closest/most convenient one and arranged a time to meet up.

I went to the Mitchell Post Office first up but the person there wasn’t interested (scared!) of being a witness to my housing loan application. They seemed to think they were somehow going to be liable/responsible if I defaulted on payments!

Morgan 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 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 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 cranky 4:14 pm 21 Apr 08

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

S4anta 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 szeretetta 11:58 am 21 Apr 08

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

S4anta 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 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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