The Convention is only applicable to public documents. A public document is defined as –
- Documents originating from a government or official associated with the courts or tribunal of the State, including those originating from a public prosecutor, clerk of the court or sheriff;
- Administrative documents;
- Notarial deeds;
- An official certificate attached to documents that were signed by persons in their private capacities, such as an official certificate to confirm the registration of a document or the fact that it existed on a certain date and official and notarial authentication of signatures.
The convention does not apply to –
- Documents executed by diplomatic or consular agents; and
- Administrative documents dealing directly with commercial or customs activities.
In South Africa, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) is one of the competent authorities responsible for issuing Apostilles. This is generally the case for public documents such as birth or marriage certificates, or documents signed by a notary public. Our Specialist Apostille Lawyers have extensive experience in dealing with DIRCO, and can efficiently expedite this process for you.
High Court Apostille
In some instances, the Apostille can also be issued by the High Court. This is typically the case for commercial documents or court-issued documents. As with the DIRCO Apostille, our team of lawyers can guide you through the entire High Court Apostille process.
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