Notaries are an integral part of the legal order in the 22 EU Member States based on Latin civil law. They are one of the three pillars of the legal order (magistrates, notaries, lawyers). Their essential mission, that they carry out as delegates of the State that nominates them and accords them the status of public office holder, is to confer authenticity on the legal instruments and contracts they establish for their clients in areas of law as diverse as marriage contracts, company statutes, wills, real estate transactions, etc. 

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.

Quelle immense distance entre ces premiers écrivains, dont la vieille histoire des Hébreux nous conserve le souvenir, et les officiers publics créés par la loi de l'an XI, pour donner aux conventions l'authenticité attachée aux actes de l'autorité publique, nommés à vie, investis par délégation immédiate d'une portion de la puissance royale, et qui, forts de cette investiture, fonctionnent aujourd'hui, au milieu de la civilisation dont ils sont les gardiens, sur le seul appui de leur conscience, mais toujours armés de la formule exécutoire, ce redoutable appel à la force publique.

The Faculty of Notaries Public in Ireland (the ‘Faculty Company’ or the ‘Faculty’) is an incorporated body having as its objects the promotion, advancement and regulation of the profession of Notary Public in Ireland. The day-to-day affairs of the Faculty are managed by the Dean and the Registrar who report to the Board of Directors and the General Meeting.The Faculty provides information to Notaries Public, Solicitors and the public in general on matters within its province and in particular as regards aspects of notarial practice and procedure in Ireland.