NOTARY PUBLIC LAW
A Public Notary is a practising lawyer appointed by Statute or Commission in this State by the Supreme Court of South Australia to hold a unique public office.
They have the internationally recognised power and authority to prepare notarial certificates under Australian law.
Verification of identity of an individual in this jurisdiction and/or verification of execution of documents such as Contracts and Deeds, authenticated by his or her signature and official seal, in a manner which renders them acceptable to the judicial or other public authorities in the countries in which they are produced.
A Public Notary also has the authority to administer oaths to the effect that a person signing a legal document was in fact, under oath when doing so.
Public Notaries also perform other administrative functions of an international nature, and can provide official verification of the identities of the signing parties enough to satisfy the Court and to verify statements made as accurate and therefore, legally binding.
What are a Public Notary’s prime responsibilities?
- To attest/affirm and certify legal documents for use in Australia/internationally, including Powers of Attorney, Wills, Deeds and Contracts and suchlike;
- To verify the identity of a person,
- To administer oaths for use in Australia/internationally
- To witness affidavits, statutory declarations, and other documents for use in Australia/internationally
- Exemplification of official documents for use internationally (i.e. make an attested copy of a document under seal)
- Noting and contesting bills of exchange
- Preparation of ships’ protests