A notary public (or notary or public notary) is a public officer constituted by law to serve the public in non-contentious matters usually concerned with estates, deeds, powers-of-attorney, and foreign and international business.
A notary’s main functions are to administer oaths and affirmations; take affidavits and statutory declarations; witness and authenticate the execution of certain classes of documents; take acknowledgments of deeds and other conveyances, protest notes and bills of exchange; provide notice of foreign drafts; prepare marine or ship’s protests in cases of damage; provide exemplifications; and perform certain other official acts depending on the jurisdiction.
In Guyana, the appointment of a Notary Public is an executive act.
President swears in 10 Public Notaries
September 8, 2014 By GuyanaTimes
President Donald Ramotar and the newly sworn-in Public Notaries at the Presidential Complex
Ten Public Notaries were on Monday sworn in by President Donald Ramotar in a ceremony held at the Office of the President, in the presence of Magistrate Ann Mc Clennan. President Ramotar offered the newly-sworn in officials his congratulations and called on them to serve the public, particularly the poor from rural areas, with “great rectitude”.
He implored them to avoid charging exorbitant fees and to be more accessible to those who seek to utilise their services. “If there is any abuse that can be proven, I will not hesitate to revoke any of these that I have done, because, fundamentally, this is to give service to the people of our country,” the President said.
The swearing-in will see the members of the legal fraternity filling several vacancies left by the passing of several of those who served in the post. “I hope that this can help to fill that, and the business of our country and the people of our country can go in a smooth way.”
The Public Notaries are Attorney General Anil Nandlall, Rohan Chandan, Barton Scotland, Clarissa Riehl, Adrian Anamayah, Renata Morris-Ramlall, Leslyn Charles, Rajendranauth Poonai, Ramesh Rajkumar and Jamela Ali.
No formal Notary Society appears to exist in Guyana.