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SC orders review of rules for notary public


The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a review of the new rules governing notarial practice following the observation by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines that some provisions are just not feasible.

In a one-page resolution, the Court referred the petition of IBP president, the lawyer Jose Anselmo Cadiz, to the Committee on Revision of the Rules of Court.

The IBP asked for a deferment of the 2004 Rules on Notarial Practice, which delegates the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to handle the notarial seal and notarial register. The IBP believes that the OSG is not ready for it.

The Supreme Court in July laid down the rules to simplify, clarify and modernize the notarial rules to foster ethical conduct among them and protect public interest.

Under the new rules, it will no longer be sufficient to merely present a community tax certificate, commonly known as residence tax certificate or cedula, when acknowledging a document before a notary public.

The sale and manufacture of notarial seals will also be regulated by the Court and it will only be allowed upon written authorization from the executive judge after verification and investigation of the qualifications of the vendors and manufacturers.

By Jomar Canlas


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