Whereas a judge, so to speak, takes on a restorative and realigning role from the
pathology of the legal world, a notary effectively takes on a role to prevent
conflicts, whereby he makes a strong contribution to the establishment of social
However, beyond the formal position that a notary has as a mediator between public and private , a notary is even an impartial and responsible advisor to the parties in the formation and articulation of their legally relevant wishes. It is here that the technical preparation, the human sensitivity and the social knowledge of a notary can be realized with beneficial effects of great import , and it is here that a notary actually conducts a truly effective operation to advance and guide society in a constructive way.
Aldo Moro, Minister of Justice,
on the occasion of the VII International Day of Latin Notaries