A notary public (also referred to as a public notary or notary) is a public officer, usually a practicing solicitor, appointed for life by State/Territory Supreme Courts (except in Queensland where they are still appointed by an English Archbishop). On their appointment they are given statutory powers to witness documents, administer oaths and provide other wide-ranging administrative functions of a national and international nature.
Notary Publics in Tasmania
Most Australian notaries public are lawyers. In Tasmania, with a population of approximately half a million, there are 10 notary publics currently listed on the Roll. The majority are based in the south of the State – seven in Hobart, two in Launceston and one in Burnie. See the lists above.
The Notaries Public Act 1990, which was commenced on 1 March 1993, provides for the appointment, enrolment and discipline of notaries public in Tasmania. The Supreme Court is responsible for assessing and appointing notaries public.
Difference between a Justice of the Peace and a Notary Public
While Justices of the Peace can witness documents and administer oaths in Australia, notaries public have the exclusive right to do the same for international documents for use outside Australia.
The following list of information has been prepared by Peter Worrall, Notary Public. © Peter Worrall