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    Quote Originally Posted by veve View Post
    Its not illegal to ask for donation - but it would probably be illegal to ENFORCE the 'donation' - it should have been your CHOICE as to whether to/ how much to donate ...

    they get around the illegal bit - by stating its a donation ...
    I don't know if that's enough to get around it. The point of a JP is that it is an honoury position to assist the community. They are essentially forcing people to make a donation they don't want to make (and they are as it's hard to find a JP these days). So they are forcing people to spend money when they were given that position on the basis that a fee wouldn't be payable.

    ETA: from the OP's update below it appears pharmacists can charge, however I don't believe a JP (who can't charge) could ask for donations for certifying.
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    Ok,I just called the Department of Justice,and they said it's legal for pharmacists to charge for certifying documents.Ok so now I have my answer,next time I'm booking an appointment with a JP for my documents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loveshack View Post
    Ok,I just called the Department of Justice,and they said it's legal for pharmacists to charge for certifying documents.Ok so now I have my answer,next time I'm booking an appointment with a JP for my documents.

    That's good you got the answer.

    However, I'm surprised that you're surprised () that pharmacists can charge. Do you think they should do it for free?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MsMummy View Post
    That's good you got the answer.

    However, I'm surprised that you're surprised () that pharmacists can charge. Do you think they should do it for free?
    I was under the impression that it was a voluntary service.

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    I hadn't heard of anyone charging, but I guess in some circumstances it makes sense. I've always gone to the police station or asked someone at work who was a JP to certify documents for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loveshack View Post
    I was under the impression that it was a voluntary service.
    It is voluntary for JPs. They signed up for the job specifically. But pharmacists can do it just because they are pharamacists, so therefore didn't volunteer for it.

    But as I said above, I wouldn't take their approach. I would just say no during work hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MsMummy View Post
    It is voluntary for JPs. They signed up for the job specifically. But pharmacists can do it just because they are pharamacists, so therefore didn't volunteer for it.

    But as I said above, I wouldn't take their approach. I would just say no during work hours.
    I'm a JP as well and I remember it being drummed into us that there is NO charge/money/gifts to change hands.

    Now I understand some people's surprise when I have turned down offers of payment.


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    Quote Originally Posted by loveshack View Post
    I was under the impression that it was a voluntary service.
    I don't think they've volunteered as such for it though, they are just seen as "responsible" members of the community and can certify documents, in the same manner as a GP, Police Officer etc

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    Yep, it's not something we volunteer for, and technically we're on work's time, not our own, so it's technically costing the business our time.

    At my work we have a lady who is a JP, and my boss views it as a community service so she certifies things on work time with no fuss.

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    My dp is a cop and says that no there is no limit, obviously he can't stand there and certify 200 things when he had stuff to do but a reasonable amount is no problem. And free.

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