PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR JUSTICE, CULTURE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT: 22 new notaries obtain their warrant

22 notaries, 4 male and 18 female, obtained their warrant on Wednesday.

Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici congratulated those present and wished them well in their career whilst highlighting the importance and responsibility this profession carries. Minister Bonnici encouraged the new notaries to conduct themselves in an ethical and serious manner especially since their profession and hard work helps to strengthen the economy.

Minister Bonnici made reference to the fact this Government has made sure to better equip our country’s notaries, and mentioned that it was thanks to this Government that the first ever Code of Ethics for Notaries as introduced in our country.

This Code of Ethics for Notaries forms part of the various reforms which are currently being implemented by this Government in the legal and judicial sectors, stated Minister Bonnici. He also pointed out that the Notarial Archives are currently undergoing major restoration works as part of a Euros 5 million, ERDF-funded project. External restoration works are nearing completion, with internal works to be completed by the end of 2020. This will see to the transformation of the Archives into a leading centre of excellence in historical research, conservation and scientific investigation. Not only will this aid in the preservation of the collection of over 20,000 notarial volumes of international prestige and rich historical and social value, but also used to enhance the accessibility of the Notarial Archives and its volumes, Minister Bonnici continued.

Such facilities will pave the way for the Notarial Archives to become an international leader of archival research and of preservation and conservation of paper heritage, all for the benefit of visitors, but most importantly to notaries who make use of these facilities. It is thanks to this direct investment that we can improve this notable profession, whilst ensuring more accessibility to our heritage, Minister Bonnici concluded.

Source: Government of Malta