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WHAT IS A PUBLIC NOTARY?MORE
A Public Notary is a government or church appointed law officer authorised to perform certain notary services, including drawing, witnessing, certifying, and verifying international documents required for use overseas.
Most Public Notaries in Australia hold full practising Solicitor's Certificates, concurrent with their Notary appointments.
Legal documents notarised by a public notary often require Apostille or Authentication Certificates which validates the seal and signature of the public notary notarising a document. These Certificates are issued by DFAT, which for administrative purposes, holds on its data base copies of most Notaries' signatures and seals.
Do you require an Apostille or Authentication Certificate? If so, visit www.apostille.com.au
Public Notaries also administer oaths in respect of affidavits and statutory declarations for use within Australia.
PROTEST BILLS OF EXCHANGEMORE
A Public Notary "protests" bills of exchange (usually cheques, or promissory notes).
He does so by drawing up a formal Statement on behalf of a creditor under his seal and signature, declaring that a debtor has refused to accept or honour a bill of exchange (usually a cheque or promissory note) on its presentation for payment.
In practice, the word "protest" covers all steps taken by a notary to affix liability for a dishonoured cheque upon its drawer.
Today, the practice of protesting bills of exchange in Australia is almost extinct.
NOTE SHIP'S PROTEST | SHIPPING WORKMORE
A Notary Public also formally "notes" or notarises a ship's captain's written Statement or Protest documenting a maritime misadventure or mishap occurring at sea and causing damage or loss to his vessel and/or its cargo. Examples of incidents of this kind include bad/heavy weather damage, accidents, stranding, beaching, engine breakdowns, and collisions with other vessels, or objects such as wharves or sea creatures.
A ship captain's Protest is a formal security measure taken by him to eliminate any suspicion or suggestion that his crew, he or his ship's officers have been negligent or that their conduct has caused damage or loss to his ship or cargo during the course of its voyage under his command.
The Protest must be noted by a public notary at the first opportunity the vessel arrives at its port of discharge, or at a port of refuge or distress.