Public Notaries Act 1997 – Section 3 – Definitions

The Australian Legal Dictionary (Butterworths, 1997) states that the definition section is one “under which a large number of definitions provisions have been consolidated” (p. 339). It is not unusual for legislative instruments to contain a section that lists various terms or words which are used in that instrument and which have a particular meaning. Special terms, or ‘terms of art’ will ordinarily be listed in the definition section of an Act so that the sections in which they appear can be properly interpreted.

Likewise, some commonly or popularly used words which may appear in statutes can also be unique in that they might carry an ‘esoteric’ – as opposed to a ‘lay’ – definition. This means that their ordinary or basic definition may not apply when trying to interpret the provisions of an Act in which they appear. This is because the terms or words may designate a concept which is particular to the area of law that the legislative instrument is intended to deal with.

Section 3 of the Public Notaries Act 1997 (NSW) contains a list of words and terms which appear in other sections of the Act, namely, Admission Board, Barrister, Court, Exercise, Function, Legal Practitioner, Public Notary, Registrar, Roll, Society of Notaries, Solicitor. The meaning of those terms and words should be understood according to their definition under this section.

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The information provided on this domain is based on reprint No. 1 (9.5.’06) of the Public Notaries Act 1997 (NSW) as in force on 17.7.’09. This short article is provided for general knowledge purposes only and is not to be used for the purposes of legal advice. This short article is copyright to the writer.