Gabby Otchere, COP Kofi Boakye and 90 Others Sworn in As Notaries Public
Some 92 lawyers with more than 10 years of experience at the Bar have been called to function as notaries public by the Chief Justice; Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah.
Amongst these are dignitaries like the Commissioner of Police (retired), Kofi Boakye who is a lawyer and retired police commissioner and Gabby Otchere Darko, a popular lawyer and politician.
The 92 lawyers have all fulfilled the Ghana Bar Association and the General Legal Council’s guidelines and are all clear of any ethical infractions.
The Chief Justice, who swore them in, urged the newly appointed notaries public to use their position to perform their duties with diligence and care, in compliance with the Notaries Act.
The ceremony which took place at Accra on Monday, May 15, 2023 was in accordance of Act 26 which states that only a lawyer of high moral character, proven integrity, who is 10 years’ at the Bar can be appointed as a Notary Public.
A notary public is usually an official of high integrity who is appointed by the state – to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents.
The Attorney-General who gave an address before the commencement of oath administration defined a notary public as “an officer of the law whose public office and duty it is to draw, attest or certify under his or her official seal, deeds and other documents, including wills or other testamentary documents, conveyances of real and personal property, powers of attorney, licences, contracts, loan documents and trusts”.