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.
The notary office of Dr. Joseph Henry Saydon is located in the city of Valletta and provides notary services in the country of Malta, as a member of the national notarial organization "Notarial Council of Malta".
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