In Jamaica, a Notary Public is an Attorney-at-Law with a standing of at least ten years. A Notary Public is authorized to authenticate contracts, acknowledge deeds, take affidavits, protest bills of exchange, and take depositions. The Ministry of Justice administers the process of appointment of Attorneys-at-law who are recommended for appointment as Notaries Public in keeping with the Notaries Public Act. Appointments are made depending on the needs of any particular parish. The Supreme Court of Jamaica keeps the record/roll of Notaries Public.
In making a selection, the qualifications of all candidates are considered; great weight is given to the public’s convenience, where the applicant’s practice is located and where the new appointment is required.
When this process is completed, the applicant will be advised of the outcome and the required formalities for appointment will be effected.
The Writ of Dedimus and Commission authorizes Notaries Public to discharge their duties. Newly appointed Notaries Public are required to sign on the Roll of Notaries Public at the Registry of the Supreme Court, this is to ensure that their signature can be authenticated whenever the need arises.