The Polish National Council of Notaries conducts its activity in accordance with the provisions of the Notaries Law Act and has legal personality. The Council is formed by representatives of eleven regional chambers of notaries, whose seats are located in Białystok, Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Lublin, Łódź, Poznań, Rzeszów, Szczecin, Warszawa and Wrocław.

Pursuant to the Notaries Law Act, it is within the competence of the National Council of Notaries to:

  • adapt the rules of functioning of the notarial offices;
  • render opinions and proposals regarding the notarial fees and the amendment of regulations relating to the functioning of the notarial profession;
  • cooperate with the notariats of other countries;
  • express the position on matters presented by the Minister of Justice or the other bodies of the professional organisation of notaries;
  • elect among the Council members a disciplinary accuser;
  • adopt its active bylaws;
  • decide on the principles of professional ethics of notaries;
  • establish the amount of monthly contribution of notaries to meet the needs of the professional organization of notaries and the principles of their use;
  • determine the exemption principles for trainee-notaries regarding whole or partial payment of the annual fee and also adjourning said payment or staggering it;
  • set the notarial traineeship program and monitor the education of trainees;
  • establish the principles and the terms of convocation to the congress of notaries.

The Polish National Council of Notaries maintains an ICT system ‘Notarial Registers' (Rejestry Notarialne), under which operate:

  • Succession Register
  • Notarial Register of Last Wills
  • Central Repository of Electronic Copies of Notarial Authentic Documents
  • Register of Temporary Administrators of Sole Traders’ Estate
  • Register of Users
  • Notarial Registers of Statistics


International cooperation

The Polish National Council of Notaries is an active member of the Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE) – an organization associating the notariats of the Member States of the European Union with Latin-type notariat – as well as of the International Union of Notaries (UINL) – a non-governmental organization established with the goal to foster the development of and cooperation with the notariat worldwide.

Moreover, the Polish National Council of Notaries maintains close bilateral contacts, notably with the French and German notariats, which consist among others in exchanging experiences and organizing trainings and seminars, during which topical issues and problems relating to the notarial activity are discussed.