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Witnessing
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Witnessing is what Justices of the Peace do most often. As the name suggests, you are witnessing a person's signature and may also take an oath or declaration.
Witnessing most often involves documents such as; Affidavits, Statutory Declarations, Advance Care Directives, and Powers of Attorney.
A declaration is taken when administering a Statutory Declaration and an oath/affirmation is taken when administering an Affidavit. Each type of document has varying penalties for not telling the truth in the document. These penalties depend upon which 'Act' the document relates.
Not all documents require a declaration/oath/affirmation but all documents do require the Justice of the Peace to follow a set process when performing these duties.
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