Differences between the term of "notary public" (solicitor) and "civil law notary".
The european civil law notary has nearly nothing in common with the „notary public“ of the Anglo-American legal system. And unlike for example an attorney, the notary's legal duty of strict impartiality is always at the centre of his activity. Read more..
UK/USA citizens are often confused as to what a notary does and how that differs from the work of a solicitor/lawyer. British or american citizens are not familiar with the practices of a notary as they do not participate in conveyancing. However, in most UE countries, a notary has to be involved in the purchase/sale of real estate.
Civil law notaries have an education equivalent to other law professionals (judges, lawyers etc.) and they are independent holders of a public office. Unlike the US or UK notary publics, they are highly qualified lawyers.
Thus, some countries like Croatia, Greece or Romania arguably wrongfully use the common-law term "notary public", even if the countrie's notaries are in fact latin civil law notaries.