Justice Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency Response—Documents and Oaths) Amendment Regulation (No. 2) 2021

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1Short title

This regulation may be cited as the Justice Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency Response—Documents and Oaths) Amendment Regulation (No. 2) 2021.


This regulation commences on 1 July 2021.

3Regulation amended

This regulation amends the Justice Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency Response—Documents and Oaths) Regulation 2020.

4Amendment of s 5 (Special witnesses)

Section 5(3)—
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(3)For subsection (1)(e), a person is also a special witness for a document if the document is prepared by the public trustee and the person is a justice or commissioner for declarations who is an employee of the public trustee.

5Omission of pt 2 (Wills)

Part 2—

6Omission of ss 10 and 12

Sections 10 and 12—

7Amendment of s 13 (Persons who may be directed to sign)

(1)Section 13(2)(b)(i) and (ii)—
(2)Section 13(2)(b)(iii) and (iv)—
renumber as section 13(2)(b)(i) and (ii).

8Amendment of s 14 (Signing in physical presence requires special witness)

Section 14(2)—
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(2)The signing of the document by the substitute signatory must be witnessed by a special witness.

9Amendment of s 16 (Witnesses must be or include special witness)

Section 16(1)—
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(1)A document may be witnessed by audio visual link only if the witness is a special witness for the document.

10Amendment of s 20 (Action after witness confirms document)

(1)Section 20(1)—
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(1)After a witness confirms a document witnessed by the witness by audio visual link, the witness must give the document or a true copy of the document to the relevant person for the document.

Examples of giving a true copy of a document to a person—

scanning the document and emailing the scanned copy to the person
giving a hard copy printout of the document to the person
(2)Section 20(3), definition relevant person, paragraphs (a) and (b)—
(3)Section 20(3) definition relevant person, paragraphs (c) and (d)—
renumber as paragraphs (a) and (b).

11Amendment of s 21 (Certificate by special witness)

Section 21(3)—

12Amendment of s 24 (Official and originating versions of document)

(1)Section 24(1). ‘section 20(1)(b)’—
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section 20(1)

(2)Section 24(5), examples—
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Example for subsection (5)—

The official version of a general power of attorney may be given to a bank or other entity, and relied on by the bank or other entity, as evidence of the general power of attorney.

13Amendment of sch 1 (Dictionary)

Schedule 1, definition will