An official commissioned to provide evidence as to the authenticity of important papers, to attest documents being sent to another country, and to take affidavits. In 1703, when Martin de Gruchy tried to practise in Jersey, English Notaries were appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Royal Court refused to recognise the Archbishop's authority, but an Order in Council compelled them to do so. In Jersey Notaries are still appointed by the Archbishop, and register their appointment in the Ecclesiastical Court.
The position in Jersey is quite unlike that of Notaire in present-day France. There notaires are government-appointed lawyers who, among other things, are responsible for property conveyancing and for ensuring that the appropriate taxes relating to property purchases are paid by the buyer.