Public Notaries Act 1997 – Section 14 – Application of Legal Profession Act 2004 Regarding Complaints and Discipline

An individual wishing to discharge duties as a Notary Public in the state of New South Wales must be a practicing solicitor (lawyer) of five years standing at least, before he can be approved for admission by the Board and admitted as a Notary Public by the Supreme Court. A Notary Public will therefore be bound by the professional standards and codes of conduct as applicable to his fellow legal practitioners. Section 14 of the Public Notaries Act 1997 (NSW) explicitly states that:

Chapters 4 and 6 of the Legal Profession Act 2004 apply to public notaries in the same way as they apply to legal practitioners, subject to any modifications prescribed by the regulations.

Complaints and discipline against a Notary Public will therefore be conducted according to the procedures and concepts inherent under the Legal Profession Act 2004 (NSW). Any matters relating to a complaint or disciplinary proceedings that are specific to the practice of Notaries Public may be supplemented by relevant provisions in the Public Notaries Appointment Rules.

Sydney notarial services (mobile in CBD, Broadway and surrounds) can be provided to meet an individual’s or business demands, including the witnessing of agreements, the authentication of documents, the taking of declarations, as well as the production of other notarial acts which are intended to be used by foreign authorities, non-government organisations (NGO) or other private institutions based outside the Commonwealth of Australia. If you are looking for a Notary Public in Sydney, we look forward to hearing from you.

The descriptive information published here is based on reprint No. 1 (9 May 2006) of the Public Notaries Act 1997 (NSW) as in force at 17 July 2009. This brief article is published for general knowledge purposes only and is under no circumstances to be treated as legal advice. This short article is copyright to the writer.