What is a notary?
In the Australian Capital Territory notaries are appointed by the ACT Supreme Court.
To become a notary a person has to have practised as a lawyer and have undertaken additional training in the skills required to be a notary. I have practised as a lawyer since 1979.
I am a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries.
By notarising a document a notary is issuing a certificate in relation to the document. For example, when I notarise a document you have signed, I am certifying that I have identified you, that I saw you sign the document and that you signed it willingly.