Estonian Chamber of Notaries postal address: Tatari 25, 10116 Tallinn, Estonia phone: +372 617 7900 fax: +372 617 7901 e-mail address: email@example.com
The Chamber of Notaries is a legal person in public law which was founded on the basis of the Notaries Act with the aim of bringing notaries together. All notaries who have been appointed to office are members of the Chamber of Notaries.
As of 01.07.2016, there were active 91 notaries and 5 candidates.
The activities of the Chamber of Notaries are regulated by the Notaries Act and the statutes of the Chamber of Notaries.
The Chamber of Notaries commenced its activities on 1 November 1993, when the Notaries Act entered into force.
The Estonian Chamber of Notaries has been a member of the International Union of Latin Notaries since 1995.
The principal tasks of the Chamber of Notaries are:
1. to monitor that notaries execute their professional activities conscientiously and correctly, observe professional ethics and act in a dignified manner; 2. to harmonise the professional activities of notaries; 3. to organise training for notaries and employees of notaries’ offices; 4. to organise candidate service; 5. to participate in supervising the professional activities of notaries.
The supreme body of the Chamber of Notaries is the meeting of the Chamber of Notaries, and its executive and organising body is the Board of the Chamber of Notaries. Supervision over the activities of the Chamber of Notaries is exercised by the Minister of Justice. A seven-member Board of the Chamber of Notaries is elected by the meeting of the Chamber of Notaries for a period of three years.
Chairman: notary of Tallinn Merle Saar-Johanson Vice chairman: notary of Tallinn Anne Saaber Members: notary of Tallinn Erki Põdra notary of Jõhvi Andrei Lõssenko notary of Viljandi Kersti Kulla notary of Kuressaare Gerda Pitk notary of Tartu Andrus Ruul
The Board of the Chamber of Notaries ensures that the statutes of the Chamber of Notaries are observed and that resolutions passed by meetings of the Chamber of Notaries are implemented. Meetings of the Board of the Chamber of Notaries are held at least once a month.
Four employees work at the Chamber of Notaries on a daily basis: managing director, legal adviser, referent and a secretary. Their duties consist mainly of arranging Chamber and Board meetings, formalising letters and proposals, organising international relations and foreign business trips, and communicating with the Ministry of Justice and other administrative agencies, etc.
The activities of the Chamber of Notaries are not financed from the state budget but rather primarily through membership fees paid by notaries.
Similar associations of notaries exist in all countries (more than 60 around the world) where the structure of the system of notaries’ offices follows the principle of the Latin notaries’ offices, and in the majority of these countries such associations of notaries are also called chambers of notaries.