Volunteer Justice of the Peace Services at Sutherland Shire Council
Sutherland Shire Council are pleased to have staff who volunteer their services as registered New South Wales Justices of the Peace (JP).
While we endeavour to meet the needs of all our customers, the volunteer JP service offered by our Council staff is secondary to, and not part of their primary role here at Council.
Council permits our JP volunteers to verify and witness the documents listed below. It is important to note the below listed documents are limited to a maximum of 15 sheets (per customer, per day):
Witnessing Statutory declarations
Certifying copies of original documents
Please note that due to our Council staff’s primary responsibilities and time constraints, our staff who are JP volunteers will be unable to witness/certify ANY of the following documents:
Documents that require a Public Notary to witness
Enduring Power of Attorney, General Powers of Attorney or wills
Certifying laminated Citizenship Certificates
Documents required to obtain overseas pensions, such as ‘Proof of Life’ Forms
Interstate Land Titles / Mortgage Documents
If you require assistance with any documents mentioned in red above, you can find other community JPs available in NSW by clicking here.
Alternatively you may wish to contact the following organisations in the Sutherland Shire who may be able to provide JP services:
Please phone Council on 9710 0333 prior to attending on the day to confirm if there is a JP available.
Overseas pensions cannot be certified by a JP. The International Services Branch of Centrelink provides assistance to people seeking to claim a pension from a number of countries which Australia has reciprocal aged pension agreements with. The International Services Branch can be contacted by phone on 131 673 or on their website at https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/international-services.
Public Notaries are also permitted to witness documents for overseas use. If you require Public Notary services please visit their website for a list of officers in your area. www.notarynsw.org.au (Please note Public Notaries are private legal professionals who may charge a fee for their service).