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Syndic investigation

Role of the Syndic
The Office of the Syndic ensures that notaries uphold the laws and regulations that govern them. It also provides preventive information to people who are wondering about their notary's practises.

When there is evidence to suggest that a notary is not meeting his or her obligations, the Syndic may decide to investigate.

Syndic's analysis
On receipt of a request for investigation, the Syndic first evaluates whether it is admissible. If it is, the Syndic launches the investigation or mandates an assistant Syndic to do so.

The Syndic has wide powers of investigation within the exercise of the function. To properly evaluate the situation, the Syndic may require the notary or any other person to provide information or documents deemed useful to the investigation. The case is completely confidential.

Depending on the nature of the alleged facts and the circumstances of the case, the Syndic may propose that the claimant and the notary attempt conciliation to arrive at a resolution that is acceptable to both parties.

Length of the process
The time required to complete an investigation depends on the complexity of the case. If the investigation takes more than 90 days, the Syndic must inform the claimant in writing. Subsequently, the Syndic informs the claimant of the progress of the investigation every 60 days.

Once the investigation is completed, the Syndic notifies the claimant, in writing, of the decision of whether to file a complaint against the notary with the Disciplinary Council.

If the Syndic decides not to file a complaint, the claimant can ask for an opinion from the Review Committee