Launching in early 2019, the improved register will assist culturally and linguistically diverse communities by allowing people to search for a local JP who speaks their language. The new website will also provide information on the dates and times a JP is available.
JPs help people at key moments of their lives like when they’re buying a home, accessing superannuation, going to court or undertaking commercial or business transactions. They are volunteers who act as independent and objective witnesses to documents like affidavits and statutory declarations and certify copies of original documents.
Attorney General Mark Speakman said there are over 95,000 JPs covering all corners of the state – yet tracking one down in urgent situations can be challenging.
“The revamped register will solve this problem by enabling JPs to include the dates and times they’re available, in addition to their contact details,” said Mr Speakman.
“For JPs, it will mean fewer unwanted disruptions, while people who need a document witnessed or certified quickly will no longer have to waste time calling JPs – only to discover they’re on holidays or busy.”