SectionsParticulars
1Short title, extent and commencement
(1) This Act may be called the Notaries Act, 1952.(2) It extends to the whole of India 1[***].(3) It shall come into force on such date2 as the Central Govern...
2Definitions
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-(a) [Omitted](b) "instrument" includes every document by which any right or liability is, or purports to b...
3Power to appoint notaries
The Central Government, for the whole or any part of India, and State Government, for the whole or any part of the State, may appoint as notaries and legal pr...
4Registers
(1) The Central Government and every State Government shall maintain, in such form as may be prescribed, a register of notaries appointed by that government a...
5Entry of names in the register and issue or renewal of certificates of practice
(1) Every notary who intends to practice as such 4[may], on payment to the government appointing him of the prescribed fee, if any, be entitled-(a) to have hi...
6Annual publication of lists of notaries
The Central Government, and every State Government shall, during the month of January each year, publish in the Official Gazette a list of notaries appointed ...
7Seal of notaries
Every notary shall have and use, as occasion may arise, a seal of such form and design as may be prescribed...
8Functions of notaries
(1) A notary may do all or any of the following acts by virtue of his office, namely,-(a) verify, authenticate, certify or attest the execution of any instrum...
9Bar of practice without certificate
(1) Subject to the provisions of this section, no person shall practice as a notary or do any notarial act under the official seal of a notary unless he holds...
10Removal of names from register
The government appointing any notary may, by order, remove from the register maintained by it under section 4 the name of the notary if he-(a) makes a request...
11Construction of references to notaries public in other laws
Any reference to a notary public in any other law shall be construed as a reference to a notary entitled to practice under this Act....
12Penalty for falsely representing to be a notary, etc.
Any person who-(a) falsely represents that he is a notary without being appointed as such, or(b) practices as a notary or does any notarial act in contraventio...
13Cognizance of offence
(1) No court shall take cognizance of any offence committed by a notary in the exercise or purported exercise of his functions under this Act save upon compla...
14Reciprocal arrangements for recognition of notarial acts done by foreign notaries
If the Central Government is satisfied that by law or practice of any country or place outside India, the notarial acts done by notaries within India are reco...
15Power to make rules
(1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules to carry out the purposes of this Act.(2) In particular, and without preju...
16Amendment of Act XXVI of 1881&nbsp
Foot Notes
1 The words "except the State of Jammu and Kashmir" omitted by Act No. 25 of 1968, w.e.f. 15th. August, 1968.2 Enforced w.e.f. 14th. February, 1956.3 Substit...
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