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Police Clearance Certificate

A Police Clearance Certificate is the certificate issued by the Criminal Record Center of the South African Police Services which is a record of your convictions. This certificate is widely known as a Police Clearance Certificate, Police Clearance, Criminal Record, Arrest Record, Criminal Record, Certificate of Good Conduct etc

POWER OF ATTORNEY

A document authorizing a person to act as another's agent or attorney for a specified purpose.

PRINCIPAL

The person making the power of attorney.

probative value

Relevance, in the common law of evidence, is the tendency of a given item of evidence to prove or disprove one of the legal elements of the case, or to have probative value to make one of the elements of the case likelier or not. Probative is a term used in law to signify "tending to prove."

Protest

A formal declaration made by a notary declaring a default in payment on a promissory note.

Protocol

Protocol.  Every notary must keep a protocol and a register. The “minutes” (or originals) of every deed passed before him or her must be placed in chronological order and consecutively numbered in the protocol and an entry to that effect made in the protocol register. The documents in the protocol must be indexed and bound from time to time. The protocol must also be kept in a safe place. However, this does not include cases where he or she merely authenticates signatures or the correctness of a copy, or a noting slip in respect of a dishonored bill of exchange.

Public document

 A broad concept that is the focal point of the Apostille Convention. Essentially, a public document is a document that is executed by an authority or a person acting in an official capacity, and includes the categories of documents listed in Article 1(2) of the Apostille Convention. The determination of what constitutes a public document is entirely a matter for the law of the State of origin.

Public Document

A broad concept that is the focal point of the Apostille Convention. Essentially, a public document is a document that is executed by an authority or a person acting in an official capacity, and includes the categories of documents listed in Article 1(2) of the Convention. The determination of what constitutes a public document is entirely a matter for the law of the State of origin.

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