Update from Justice of the Peace Branch: Title Registry Forms FAQ and live Q&A webinars
The changes to s.162 of the Land Title Act 1994 and s.311 of the Land Act 1994 have been in effect for almost a week. These amendments have presented some challenges across the regions. Thank you for responding to these changes with an open mind and continuing to provide professional witnessing services wherever possible.
From feedback received, several key issues that require clarification include:
1) The Land title practice manual has been updated to state that it is now possible to place our seal of office on Land Title documents. It is not mandatory, but encouraged if there is room. More importantly, when using your seal of office it is vital that you do not cover any written information.
2) Change of name and Marriage certificates are not required to be produced in all cases. These are only required if the title document is in a different name from the identity documents.
3) Please note, you are not required to keep copies of identity documents yourself. It is acceptable for the purposes of s.162(3) of the Land Title Act 1994 and s.311(3) of the Land Act 1994 to only retain a written record. There is no expectation that a JP or Cdec will retain originals or copies of the documents or other evidence. Refer to Land Practice Manual Part 61-2330 for more information. JP Branch has designed a Record of Titles Registry form if required.
4) The Titles Registry Forms online learning module is a great resource to assist with understanding the new witnessing obligations.
Land Titles Q&A Webinars
JP Branch will continue to host 30 minute webinars to clarify concerns. You are invited to submit questions that you wish to be answered on the webinar. Please register by selecting your preferred date below.
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Please note, webinars are capped at 100 attendees and additional webinars will be scheduled if demand requires.
Registrar and Manager
Justices of the Peace Branch
Taken from Justice of the Peace Branch update email 4th October, 2019