List of statutory declaration witnesses expanded in state

THE list of people who can witness statutory declarations in South Australia has been expanded, ensuring community members can still access the service while public health measures are in place.

Under the changes, people who can witness statutory declarations include government employees, accountants, religious ministers, medical professionals and bank officers who meet the criteria will also be able to witness statutory declarations.

Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said the government had extended the criteria due to the withdrawal of Justice of the Peace services amid the COVID-19 crisis.

“Where people are needed to witness documents, they are reminded that public health measures such as social distancing requirements remain in place,” she said.

“Where possible, meetings should be held in the open rather than indoors.

“In addition, the signatory and witness should also ensure they remain 1.5 metres apart at all times and the signatory should bring their own pen.”

The changes will not alter witnessing requirements for affidavits, powers of attorney, enduring powers of attorney and the general witnessing of documents.

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