Most of us need the services of a JP (Justice of the Peace) at some time – to certify copies of documents, witness a signature on a document, or perhaps complete an affidavit or declaration.
Weekly Clinic in Waihi
Connecting with JPs in Waihi has just become easier, thanks to a weekly ‘clinic’ that has started in the Council’s Waihi Service Centre and Library. Each Monday, two JPs will be available to members of the public between 11.00am and 1.00pm.
Weekly Clinic in Paeroa
A weekly clinic is also available in Paeroa. Every Tuesday a JP will be available to members of the public between 12.00pm and 1.00pm.
Weekly Clinic in Ngatea
Ngatea also holds a weekly JP clinic available at the Council's Ngatea Service Centre. Every Tuesday a JP will be available to members of the public between 12.00pm and 1.00pm.
The service is free, and people are welcome to drop in, although 30-minute appointments can be made at the service centres or by phoning the Council.
Until now, residents have needed to make direct individual contact with JPs, who may not be available at a given time. So while private arrangements are still an option, the clinics have been initiated by local JPs to establish a regular time and place for their services to be offered and cut the necessity to visit a JP at his or her home or workplace.
It is helpful if clients are suitably prepared: for instance by bringing a form of photo ID in case it is needed, and bringing original documents as well as copies if the copies need to be certified. Documents should not be signed beforehand.
Contacting a JP directly
If you would prefer to contact a JP directly but don't know where to find one, you can look on the website of the Royal Federation of NZ Justices' Association Inc
Appointments for the Waihi, Paeroa or Ngatea JP clinic can be made by phoning the Council on 0800 734 834 (free call from within the District) or 07 862 8609.