Revised RVAHJ Office Service – During Stage 3

In response to the recent Stage 3 Coronavirus guidelines from the Government, the RVAHJ has implemented a range of changes to the way we operate and provides the following advice to members:

Elwood Office

The Association Office in Elwood is operating with limited services until the Stage 3 restrictions in Melbourne are removed or relaxed:

  • We are no longer providing witnessing and certification services from Elwood
  • Phone calls are diverted to the answering machine and checked regularly
  • Email to [email protected] is the best way to communicate with the office
  • Association operations for members are still functional and we are operating “business as usual” in most instances
  • For urgent issues or concerns, members should call the President on 0418 885 122, Secretary on 0458 222 673 or reach out to any of the other Board Members

The implemented comprehensive Covid 19 Safe Plan for the Elwood Office is will continue to be used as restrictions ease for the Elwood office.

Honorary Justices – Stage 3 Restrictions 

DSS’s are expected to be closed during the restrictions for all police stations, community based and commercial (shopping) locations.

If you do need to leave your house to travel to and from a police station (for Bail Justices) or to meet a member of the public to provide Justice of the Peace services, you will need to carry your Bail Justice or Justice of the Peace ID card with you at all times.

Additionally, it is not yet clear as to whether the permitted worker permit is to be reimplemented for this lockdown, we will provide details as this further information comes to hand.

Remote (Online) Witnessing

Wherever possible, JPs must provide their services remotely. Stat Decs, Affidavits and Powers of Attorney can be done remotely online following the new, interim processes.   RVAHJ has a remote witnessing service that is available for the general public to use and can be access via the following link:  https://www.rvahj.org.au/remote-witnessing/  additional times and days will be reviewed and added based on demand.

Note that Certified True Copies, Medical Treatment Decision Makers and Advanced Care Directives cannot be remotely witnessed.

Official Announcements

The following Gov Announcements provide additional detailed information and guidelines for the current Stage 3 lockdown.

Click here to ” down load ” statement

Click here to ” down load ” restrictions summary

We thank all JPs and BJs for your incredible commitment to the local community during this difficult time.  Please keep up the great work – those who are unable to witness and those who can. But above all things, stay safe and look after yourself and your family.

Yours sincerely,
Paul Mracek JP FRVAHJ
President, RVAHJ

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