Civil Law Notary in Greece

The function of notaries in Greece is governed by Law 2830/2000, i.e. the “NOTARIES CODE” (Government Gazette 96/16-3-2000), as amended and currently in force.

Notaries in Greece, which is one of the countries governed by the Roman Law, are non-stipendiary public officers who are charged with preparing and keeping documents that demonstrate the will of natural persons or public or private law entities to perform legal acts by rendering those acts public and enforceable, ensuring the best interest of the parties who perform said legal acts and providing them with clear information on their rights and obligations that are assumed upon said documents being prepared by the notary.

As notaries are appointed those persons who have passed the exams organized by the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights and are graduates of a faculty of law (department of law thereof) of a Greek university or a faculty of law (department of law thereof) of a foreign university which is recognized as of equal standing; said persons must have completed 28 years of age and must have practiced, for at least two years, the profession of a lawyer or a court officer of any sector or degree or of a non-stipendiary mortgage registrar.

Prior to assuming their duties, notaries take an oath before an open session of the competent multi-member court of first instance.

Notaries are monitored in terms of exercising their duties with due diligence through routine and non-routine inspections performed by the locally competent public prosecutors of district court judges, according to the provisions in force on the inspection of courts and court officers.