ECU staff members are often called upon to witness another person’s signature on a document. This may be to signify that the witness saw the person sign the document; in this case any person can be a witness.
More infrequently, there may be a need for a witness to take the person’s oath or to witness the execution of an affidavit or a statutory declaration for official or court purposes.
These documents are required to be signed in the presence of one of the people specified as witnesses under the relevant legislation. Depending on the document to be witnessed, the witness may be one or more of:
Justice of the Peace
These are lay persons appointed by the State to carry out some administrative and judicial functions.
At ECU you may contact Mr Phillip Draber, JP on 6304 2495 or Email: email@example.com
A Justice of the Peace is also available at the Joondalup Magistrates Court between the hours of 9.00am to 1.00pm weekdays.
21 Reid Promenade, Joondalup 6027
Telephone: (61 8) 9400 0700
Facsimile: (61 8) 9300 2005
Commissioner of Affidavits
These are solicitors who are authorised to take oaths, which can be used in court proceedings.
Commissioners for Declarations
These are persons appointed to take ’statutory declarations’ which are documents used in administrative but not court proceedings.
Experienced Legal Practitioner
These are persons who are admitted to practice under the Legal Profession Act 2008, or its corresponding law and who have held a current practising certificate under that Act for at least 2 years.
Any member of the academic staff, as well as a Justice of the Peace, Solicitor, Commissioner for Affidavits and Commissioner for Declarations may witness a statutory declaration.
Affidavits and Court Documents
Affidavits and documents required for court proceedings require the witness to take the person’s oath. Experienced Legal Practitioners, Justices of the Peace and Commissioners for Affidavits can take these oaths. You may contact the Office of Legal Services if your document requires witnessing by an Experienced Legal Practitioner.