Statutory Declarations (for statutory declarations signed on or after 30 April 2012)
Amendments to the Oaths Act 1900 which took effect on 30 April 2012 introduced new requirements for Justices of the Peace and solicitors who witness statutory declarations.
From 30 April 2012, authorised witnesses such as Justices of the Peace and solicitors are required to:
- see the face of the person making the statutory declaration, unless there is ‘special justification’
- confirm the person’s identity by sighting an identification document, unless they have known the person for 12 months, and
- certify on the statutory declaration that these requirements have been met
The Personal Injury Claim Form and Compensation to Relatives Claim Form, which are required to be witnessed by a Justice of the Peace or solicitor, have been amended to accommodate these new requirements. The new forms are available by clicking on the links above. You should use these new forms from 30 April 2012.
If you have already completed a version of a form that does not satisfy the new requirements and would like to obtain just the statutory declaration page, this page can be downloaded from the links below: