JP Responsibilities

Recently a form regarding a Property Agreement was presented to a Justice at a Service Desk. The form  required the Justice ‘to certify that before the client signed the form that the JP had explained to the client the effect and implications of the agreement’.
On further investigation it became apparent that the form had not been produced in accordance with the applicable legislation, and that in fact the legislative requirement for the form was that it should be administered by a Solicitor or a Barrister and not a Justice of the Peace.
Justices are reminded that we are unable to provide advice of any kind and to be aware of any statement which implies that we have additional responsibilities in this regard, when processing client’s forms.