Notaries Public (Amendment) Bill

Bill No. 12/1983

Read the first time on 30th August 1983.
An Act to amend the Notaries Public Act (Chapter 11 of the Revised Edition).
Be it enacted by the President with the advice and consent of the Parliament of Singapore, as follows:
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Notaries Public (Amendment) Act 1983.
Amendment of section 3
2.  Section 3 of the Notaries Public Act (referred to in this Act as the principal Act) is amended —
(a)by deleting the words “to practise within Singapore or such territory within Singapore as may be specified in the appointment” in subsection (1); and
(b)by deleting the words “Singapore Advocates and Solicitors Society, constituted under the Legal Profession Act, 1966” in subsection (3) and substituting the words “Law Society of Singapore constituted under the Legal Profession Act”.
Amendment of section 4
3.  Section 4 of the principal Act is amended by deleting the words “or within the territory for which he is appointed, as the case may be,” in subsection (1).
Amendment of section 5
4.  Section 5 of the principal Act is amended by deleting paragraphs (a) and (b) and substituting the following paragraphs:
(a)has become a bankrupt or has made an arrangement with his creditors;
(b)has been struck off the roll of advocates and solicitors of Singapore; or
(c)has been found to be guilty of such professional or other misconduct as, in the opinion of the Attorney‑General, renders him unfit to practise as a notary public,”.
New section 5A
5.  The principal Act is amended by inserting, immediately after section 5, the following section:
Revocation of appointment under special circumstances
5A.—(1)  The Attorney-General may by notification in the Gazette revoke the appointment of a notary public if the notary public —
(a)requests that his appointment be revoked; or
(b)has ceased to practise as an advocate and solicitor for a continuous period of more than two years.”.