Panel for reviewing Notary Public Act

Kathmandu, May 16:

A study panel has recommended to the government to review the Notary Public Act 2007 and Notary Public Regulation 2007.

In its report submitted today to Attorney General Yagya Murti Banjade, the panel also suggested that the government should provide foreign jurisdiction to Notary Public to notarise public documents after signing treaties with foreign countries.

The panel added that the government should make provisions whereby an advocate with three years of practice in law would be eligible to apply for the examination of translator and that the government scrap the authority to the Law Book Management Committee to translate public documents.

The panel also suggested stern action against Notary Public in the wrong like scrapping the

license, except in the cases where a Notary Public makes any mistake while working in good faith.

After receiving the report, Attorney General Banjade underscored an urgent need to amend the Notary Public to make the service more reliable, accessible and managed.

The panel formed with an aim to study the implementation of Notary Public Act, the problems arising thereafter and solutions to those problems to make the service of authenticating, attesting and translating public documents more reliable and accessible, is headed by advocate Prakash Wosti.

Law secretary Dr Kul Ratna Bhurtel, Secretary of Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Madhav Paudel, Secretary of Nepal Law Commission Mohan Banjade, General Secretary of Nepal Bar Association (NBA) Raman Kumar Shrestha and deputy government attorney Rishikesh Wagle are members and joint secretary Kamalsali Ghimire is member secretary of the panel.