Dalam sistem hukum Australia dikenal istilah Justice of the Peace (JP), yaitu sesorang yang berhak menjadi saksi atau menandatangani dokumen resmi. Saya pernah meminta JP menandatangani keberatan saya akan surat tilang karena tilang tersebut dikeluarkan di saat mobil saya sudah berpindah nama ke orang lain. Surat tilang tersebut selanjutnya baru saya bisa kirim ke ACT Rego setelah ditandatangani JP.
Di setiap suburb ACT terdapat JP yang sebagian besar bisa dihubungi sewaktu jam kerja, dan sebagian lain setelah jam kerja. Daftar lengkap JP di ACT bisa diperoleh di http://www.jcs.act.gov.au/eLibrary/jps/jplist.pdf.
Keterangan selengkapnya mengenai JP
A justice of the peace in Australia is typically someone of good stature in the community who is authorized to witness and sign statutory declarations and affidavits and to certify copies of original documents. Criteria for appointment vary widely, depending on the state. For example, in Queensland, a justice of the peace (qualified) must complete an exam prior to being eligible for appointment, whereas in Victoria, a person need only prove good character by way of references.
Generally speaking, a justice of the peace cannot act in relation to a document which is to be used in a foreign country. One exception to this, however, is that countries in the Commonwealth frequently accept documents so certified, but this is largely dependent on local legislation.
Documents which are to be used in a foreign country that does not provide for a foreign JP to witness them should be dealt with by a notary public. This is the same for all countries where the office of a justice of the peace exists. Notary publics are appointed from amongst the ranks of solicitors and barristers, and the best way to locate one is to contact your local law society.