ALL services provided by justices of the peace are free of charge says acting permanent secretary for Justice Mohammed Saneem.
Mr Saneem encouraged members of the public to lodge complaints with the Ministry of Justice against those JPs who were still charging for their services.
"JPs perform duties such as witnessing and signing of documents, witnessing of statutory declarations, affidavits including the certifying and attesting of documents," Mr Saneem said
"Under their code of conduct such officers must not unreasonably refuse to provide JP services and must treat all people seeking such services with courtesy, dignity and respect.
"JPs must not engage themselves in dishonest activities or conduct themselves in such a way to bring their offices in disrepute."
Mr Saneem also called for areas in the North, without JPs or commissioners for oaths, for their members to come forward with their applications.
"JPs are selected on the basis of their reputation in the communities where they reside and they must also have a clean criminal record.
"Commissioner of oaths and JPs hold an important function in their communities and those wishing to take up such positions are welcome to get their application forms from the Ministry of Justice office."