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China Issues New Regulation on Reform of Notarial System

Wed, 11 Aug 2021
Categories: China Legal Trends

On 8 July 2021, the Ministry of Justice issued the “Opinions on Deepening the Reform of Notarization System and Mechanism to Promote the Healthy Development of Notarization (hereinafter referred to as the “Opinions”, 关于深化公证体制机制改革 促进公证事业健康发展的意见). The Opinions sets forth provisions in expanding the coverage of notary services and strengthening the information-based development of notary services.

The Opinions encourages making good use of the preventive judicial function and other functions of notarization in respect of notarized certificates, evidence preservation, on-site supervision, and effects of enforcement. In accordance with the Opinions, it is necessary to actively expand innovative businesses, and explore the practice of notarization in serving finance, private enterprises, safeguarding the “agriculture, rural areas, and farmers”, intellectual property protection, property protection, judicial assistance affairs, family affairs, competitive sports, response to public emergencies and other fields.

The Opinions also encourages the strengthening of information-based development in the field of notary services, including the establishment of a national unified notary chain platform and the exploration of blockchain application.



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Contributors: CJO Staff Contributors Team

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