What are the functions of Notary?
The appointment, functions of Notary is governed by The Notaries Act 1952.
There are various functions of a Notary. We shall confine here to functions which are more relevant to the common public.
1. To verify; authenticate, certify or attest the execution of any instrument. The act refers to the “instrument”. The word instrument is defined in the Act, as every document by which any right or liability is purported or purports to be, created transferred, modified, limited, extended, suspended, extinguished or recorded. So every document is not an instrument, unless it effects right or a liability. Each word: verify, authenticate, certify, attest, have different meanings. Authenticating means, the notary has assured himself of the identity of person who has signed the instrument as well as to the fact of execution. Certify means to testify. Notary is bound to make entry of notarial act of certifying the copy of the document as true copy of original. Attest means to bear witnesses to.
2. To administer oath to, or take affidavit from any person.
3. To translate and verify the translation, of any document from one language into another.
4. To act as commissioner, to record evidence in any civil or criminal trial if so directed by the court or authority.
5. To act as arbitrator, mediator, or councilor if so required.
6. To do any other act this, may be prescribed.