A Notary Public is an Officer of the Law appointed by the Supreme Court and who is a practising lawyer. A Notary Public performs functions which are recognised internationally. Generally it is the business of a Notary Public to authenticate documents and to give Certificates of due execution of documents authenticated by his/her signature and seal.
The functions of a Notary Public include:
Attesting/affirming legal documents for use in Australia and internationally including documents such as Powers of Attorney, Wills, Statutory Declarations and Affidavits;
Certifying legal documents as true and correct copies;
Exemplification of official documents for use internationally;
Noting and contesting Bills of Exchange;
Drawing and engrossing of Ships’ Protests.
A Notary Public may also be referred to as a Public Notary.