BEIJING — China’s Ministry of Justice is consulting public opinion on a draft guideline for handling complaints about malpractice by notaries.
Citizens, corporations and unincorporated organizations can file complaints to local judicial authorities if they find notaries reject notarization applications without justification, or abuse their power for personal ends, the draft said.
Other irregularities include paying kickbacks or commission, running misleading advertisements, issuing notarial certificates without due authorization, or attesting untruthful or illegal matters, according to the draft.
When the object of a complaint is dealt with or punished for misconduct, judicial authorities shall notify the entrusted case-handling agencies and notary associations of the outcome, the draft said, adding that the information should also be made public.
The draft guideline is open for public input until June 30, 2019.