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EVIDENCE (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) ACT 1958 - SECT 107A

List of persons who may witness statutory declarations

    (1)     Any of the following persons may witness the signing of a statutory declaration—

        (a)     a justice of the peace or a bail justice;

S. 107A(1)(b) substituted by No. 52/2001 s. 13(2)(a).

        (b)     a public notary;

S. 107A(1)(c) substituted by No. 18/2005 s. 18(Sch. 1 item 40.4), amended by No. 17/2014 s. 160(Sch. 2 item 40.2).

        (c)     an Australian lawyer;

S. 107A(1)(d) substituted by No. 18/2005 s. 18(Sch. 1 item 40.4).

        (d)     a clerk to an Australian lawyer;

S. 107A(1)(e) substituted by No. 55/2014 s. 172(a).

        (e)     the prothonotary or a deputy prothonotary of the Supreme Court, the registrar or a deputy registrar of the County Court, the principal registrar or a registrar or deputy registrar of the Magistrates' Court or the principal registrar or a registrar or deputy registrar of the Children's Court;

        (f)     the registrar of probates or an assistant registrar of probates;

        (g)     the associate to a judge of the Supreme Court or of the County Court;

S. 107A(1)(h) substituted by No. 24/2008 s. 78(2).

        (h)     the associate of an Associate Judge of the Supreme Court or of an associate judge of the County Court;

S. 107A(1)(i) amended by No. 14/2006 s. 16.

              (i)     a person registered as a patent attorney under Chapter 20 of the Patents Act 1990 of the Commonwealth;

S. 107A(1)(j) amended by No. 37/2014 s. 10(Sch. item 59.6).

        (j)     a police officer;

        (k)     the sheriff or a deputy sheriff;

        (l)     a member or former member of either House of the Parliament of Victoria;

        (m)     a member or former member of either House of the Parliament of the Commonwealth;

        (n)     a councillor of a municipality;

S. 107A(1)(o) substituted by No. 125/1993 s. 20(4)(b).

        (o)     a senior officer of a Council as defined in the Local Government Act 1989 ;

S. 107A(1)(p) amended by Nos 23/1994 s. 118(Sch. 1 item 20.2), 97/2005 s. 182(Sch.  4 item 19.3), substituted by No. 13/2010 s. 51(Sch. item 22.2(a)).

        (p)     a person registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to practise in the medical profession (other than as a student);

S. 107A(1)(q) substituted by No. 26/1999 s. 107(Sch. item 3), amended by No. 97/2005 s. 182(Sch.  4 item 19.4), substituted by No. 13/2010 s. 51(Sch. item 22.2(a)).

        (q)     a person registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law—

              (i)     to practise in the dental profession as a dentist (other than as a student); and

              (ii)     in the dentists division of that profession;

S. 107A(1)(r) amended by No. 58/1997
s. 96(Sch. item 4), substituted by No. 55/2014 s. 172(b).

        (r)     a registered veterinary practitioner within the meaning of the Veterinary Practice Act 1997 ;

S. 107A(1)(s) substituted by No. 13/2010 s. 51(Sch. item 22.2(b)).

        (s)     a person registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to practise in the pharmacy profession (other than as a student);

S. 107A(1)(t) substituted by No. 55/2014 s. 172(c).

        (t)     a principal within the meaning of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 ;

S. 107A(1)(u) amended by No. 11/2001 s. 3(Sch. item 25.4).

        (u)     the manager of an authorised deposit-taking institution;

S. 107A(1)(v) amended by No. 36/2011 s. 36, substituted by No. 55/2014 s. 172(d).

              (v)     a person who holds a prescribed membership of a prescribed accounting body or association;

        (w)     the secretary of a building society;

              (x)     a minister of religion authorised to celebrate marriages;

S. 107A(1)(xa) inserted by No. 19/2012 s. 22.

        (xa)     a Victorian Inspectorate Officer within the meaning of the Victorian Inspectorate Act 2011 ;

S. 107A(1)(y) amended by No. 84/1994 s. 62, substituted by No. 46/1998
s. 7(Sch. 1), amended by No. 108/2004 s. 117(1) (Sch.  3 item 72).

        (y)     a person employed under Part 3 of the Public Administration Act 2004 with a classification that is prescribed as a classification to which this section applies or who holds office in a statutory authority with such a classification;

S. 107A(1)(ya) inserted by No. 28/2012 s. 35.

        (ya)     an IBAC Officer within the meaning of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011 ;

        (z)     a fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives (Victoria).

    (2)     Despite anything to the contrary in any Act, a person referred to in paragraph (c) or (d) of subsection (1) is not prevented from witnessing the signing of a statutory declaration only because he or she is—

S. 107A(2)(a) amended by No. 35/1996 s. 453(Sch. 1 item 29.4(a)).

        (a)     acting for any of the parties to the proceeding or matter in respect of which the declaration is made; or

S. 107A(2)(b) amended by No. 35/1996 s. 453(Sch. 1 item 29.4(b)).

        (b)     a clerk to a person so acting.

    (3)     If the signing of a statutory declaration purports to have been witnessed by a person referred to in subsection (1), all persons to whom that declaration comes must take official notice of that declaration and of the qualifications of the person referred to in that subsection to witness that signing.

No. 3674 s. 101.

S. 108 amended by No. 51/1989 s. 144(2)(f).



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