Chapter 004:02 - Public Notaries

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L.R.O. 1/2011
LAWS OF GUYANA
PUBLIC NOTARIES ACT
CHAPTER 4:02
Act
52 of 1932
Amended by
28 of 1934 4
6
of
of
1972
1997


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CHAPTER 4:02
PUBLIC NOTARIES ACT
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
SECTION
1. Short Title.
2. Appointment of public notary.
3. Oath to be taken by notary.
4. Register to be kept.
5. Fees not to be in excess of those prescribed.
6. Proceedings in case of misconduct of notary.
7. Offences.
SCHEDULE - Form of Oath
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52 of 1932 An Act to provide for the appointment of Notaries and for
the registration of Notaries and to regulate the duties of
the office of Public Notary.
[24TH DECEMBER, 1932]
Short Title.
Appointment
of public
notary.
1. This Act may be cited as the Public Notaries Act.
2. (1) The President may by warrant under his hand
and seal appoint a legal practitioner of not less than ten years’
standing to be a public notary, hereinafter referred to as a
“notary”.
(2) Notaries may be appointed for Guyana or for
any of the counties of Demerara, Essequibo or Berbice.
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Oath to be
taken by
notary.
Schedule.
Register to be
kept.
Fees not to be
in excess of
those pre-
scribed.
Proceedings in
case of
misconduct of
notary.
(3) A notary appointed by the President shall
perform the same duties and exercise the same functions as a
notary in Guyana immediately before the 26th May, 1966.
3. A notary before being admitted to and entering on
the duties of his office shall take and subscribe the oath set
out in the Schedule before such person as the President shall
appoint generally or specially.
4. The Registrar of the Supreme Court shall keep a
register in which he shall enter the name of every person who
shall be appointed and admitted to the office of notary and
the date of his appointment and admission.
5. A notary shall not charge for the performance of
any of the duties of his office any sum in excess of the fee
which is prescribed or fixed by rules of court under the High
Court Act or under any other Act.
6. (1) If a notary shall be convicted of any offence, or
be adjudged guilty of any misconduct whether in his capacity
of notary or otherwise, the court before which he is so
convicted or by which he is so adjudged shall make a report
thereof to the President, the President may revoke his warrant
of appointment and direct the Registrar to remove the name
of the notary from the register.
(2) If any person shall make a complaint on oath
charging a notary with misconduct in his office the President
may appoint a fit and proper person to inquire into the facts
and report thereon to the President and if the President is of
opinion that the notary has been guilty of misconduct he may
suspend him from practice for a specified time or revoke his
warrant of appointment and direct the Registrar to remove
his name from the register.
(3) When a notary has been suspended from
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practice or the Registrar in pursuance of a direction by the
President removes the name of a notary from the register he
shall cause notice of the fact to be published in the Gazette.
(4) Every complaint charging a notary with
misconduct shall contain a statement of the material facts on
which the person complaining relies.
7. If any person who is suspended from practice or
whose name is not on the register shall for reward make, do
or exercise or perform any act matter or thing pertaining or
belonging to the office, function or practice of notary he shall
be liable on summary conviction to a fine of nineteen
thousand five hundred dollars and to imprisonment for four
months.
SCHEDULE
FORM OF OATH
I, A.B., do swear that I will faithfully exercise the office of
a public notary; I will faithfully make contracts or instruments
for or between any party or parties requiring the same, and I
will not add or diminish anything without the knowledge and
consent of such party or parties that may alter the substance
of the fact; I will not make or attest any act, contract or
instrument in which I shall know there is violence or fraud;
and in all things I will act uprightly and justly in the business
of a public notary, according to the best of my skill and
ability. So help me God.
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