In China, notarization means Government Authorized Notary Department prove the truthfulness and legality of particular document appointed to applicant request. Notarization Office is a government department, different from private certificate, documents of the notarization office is an official document recognized by the government. All staff in the notary public is member of government officer, they cannot do notary as a lawyer, and regulations and laws restrict them. Notary public enjoy investigate power, when notary public believe the applicant is not providing enough information or believe the document is fake, they can start investigation and get documents from related department without approved by applicant. The notarization document in China is authorized in “Certificate” method.
In Hong Kong, China-Appointed Attesting Officer (香港律师公证) carries out notarization according to the request of applicants. Officers are requested to prove the notarized documents are true and legal. Officer is appointed by Ministry of Justice P.R.C., and notary documents are on the behalf of their own. They have responsibility to exanimate the truthfulness and legality of the documents provided by the applicant, but can only verity the document by power authorized in Hong Kong Law. So notarization document in Hong Kong is authorized in “Declaration” method. China-Appointed Attesting Officers (“Attesting Officers”) are qualified Hong Kong lawyers who have been appointed by the Ministry of Justice of the People's Republic of China after passing the prescribed qualifying examinations. Their scope of business includes attesting and certifying acts, matters and documents of legal significance occurring in or emanating from Hong Kong and such attested documents are for use in Mainland China. The name lists of all China-Appointed Attesting Officers are available at the Office and Website of the “Association of China-Appointed Attesting Officers”.
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