Notary in General

The Notary is a public officer, charged to receive acts inter vivos and Wills in an impartial manner, attribute public faith thereto and be responsible for their custody. The Notary is appointed for life by the President of Malta by a notice published in the Government Gazette, and may exercise the profession in any part of Malta and Gozo.

The Notary alone is competent to personally ascertain the will of the parties or where such parties do not appear personally, of the identity of their agent and to inquire, after reading over and explaining the act to them, whether it is in accordance with their will. Such identity shall be ascertained by the production of the official identity card, passport or other similar official document, or where such document cannot be produced, on testimony of two attestors personally known to the Notary, who may also be witnesses appearing on the deed.