Notaries Public Act
- Commenced on 23 November 1950
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2000.]
- [Note: The version of the Act as at 31 December 2000 was revised and consolidated by the Law Reform Commission of Uganda. All subsequent amendments have been researched and applied by Laws.Africa for ULII.]
1. Minister may direct that certain persons be licensed as notaries publicThe Minister shall have power to direct the chief registrar of the High Court to issue a licence to any person—
2. Notaries public to be enrolled and to take out a certificate
3. Magistrates and registrar to have powers of notaries public virtute officiiEvery magistrate and the chief registrar of the High Court (which expression shall include deputy and district registrars) shall have, virtute officii, all the powers and duties of a notary public in respect of administering oaths, taking affidavits, attesting signatures and certifying to copies of documents; but all fees taken by a magistrate and chief registrar of the High Court under this Act shall be paid by them into the Consolidated Fund.
4. Suspension or cancellation of certificateAny certificate issued under section 2 may be suspended or cancelled, and any notary public may be suspended from practising or his or her name may be struck off the roll of notaries public in the same manner, and by the same procedure and for the same causes as an advocate of the High Court may be suspended or struck off the roll and also for making any charge or demanding any payment for any notarial act in excess of that prescribed in the Second Schedule to this Act.
5. Penalty for unlawfully practisingAny person who holds himself or herself out to be a notary public or receives any fee or reward as a notary public, unless he or she is enrolled under this Act, and is the holder of a certificate then in force, or is a magistrate or the chief registrar of the High Court, commits an offence against this Act and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding six hundred shillings, and for a second offence to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months, in addition to, or in substitution for, a fine which may amount to two thousand shillings; but this section shall not be construed to exempt any person from any prosecution under the provision of any law to which he or she would otherwise be liable.
6. Power to add to or alter the Second ScheduleThe Minister may, at any time by statutory instrument, alter or revoke the fees prescribed in the Second Schedule to this Act and may specify the fees which may be charged in respect of any notarial act not specifically mentioned in the Second Schedule, and upon such notification the Second Schedule shall be deemed to be amended accordingly.
History of this document
31 December 2000 this version
23 November 1950