Australia: President of NSW Law Society Welcomes Changes On Legal Docs Electronic Signing Legislation & Looks Forward To More “Robust” Provisions

President of the Law Society of NSW, Richard Harvey, has welcomed the passing of an emergency regulation which allows for the witnessing of legal documents to be conducted electronically during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reports local media

The temporary provisions, which have been added to the Electronic Transactions Regulation 2017, provide altered arrangements for the witnessing of documents.
“As a result of COVID-19 restrictions, many solicitors contacted the Law Society expressing concern about the difficulties that the restrictions have created for the witnessing of legal documents,” Mr Harvey said.
“The Law Society immediately raised these concerns with the NSW Government, and I would like to thank the Attorney General for moving so quickly to enact these provisions.
“I am pleased that solicitors now have a practical alternative for the witnessing of documents in the coming weeks and months.
“As the Attorney has indicated, more work is needed to provide legally robust provisions to allow for the electronic signing of legal documents.