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Attorney General, Simon Corbell has encouraged Canberrans to consider becoming Justices of the Peace following the swearing in of 22 people at the ACT Supreme Court.
"JPs provide an essential service to the Canberra community and it was pleasing to see such a large number of people appointed to the position as recently as last week," Mr Corbell said.
"From time to time we all need to have important documents signed by a JP, and it can be an added and often unnecessary burden when a JP is not available.
"We have a dedicated group of JP's already in the Territory, however there is always room for more."
The role of a JP is to ‘well and truly serve in the office of justice of the peace of the Australian Capital Territory' and involves serving the community primarily by:
"The Office of Regulatory Services has also recently introduced a new on-line searching facility which allows members of the public to locate a JP by suburb, by distance and by location - both during business hours and after hours.
"I congratulate all those who are continuing their hard work as a JP in the ACT, as well as those who have recently been sworn into the position," Mr Corbell said.
"It is also a timely reminder to everyone in the ACT to consider becoming a JP to better serve the community."
Information and an application form can be found on the Office's website at http://www.ors.act.gov.au/ or call 6207 3000 and the new JP online resource can be found at http://www.justice.act.gov.au/.
JP's services can also be sought through Canberra Connect on 13 22 81 (7am - 8pm Monday - Friday and 8am - 5pm Saturday).