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The High Council of French Notariat

(Conseil supérieur du notariat - CSN)
The High Council of French Notariat is the professional organization of the notary profession empowered to speak on behalf of the notaries of France. The CSN is an establishment of public utility defined by the order of 1945.


The organization of the notary profession


Bodies contribute to the development and driving of the notary profession


Missions of the High Council of French Notariat

Unique body of the profession empowered to speak on behalf of all Notaries in France, the Higher Council of the Notariat , is a public-interest organisation created by the order of November 2nd, 1945 and defined by the decree of December 19th, 1945.

It represents the profession to the public authorities, it determines its general policy, it contributes to the evolution of the notary profession, it provides collective services notaires. In its relations with the public authorities, the High Council for the French Notariat contributes to the reflection on developments in the law, gives its opinion on legislative proposals or regulatory texts being prepared..


Composition of the High Council of French Notariat

The High Council of French Notariat is composed of delegates elected by each Regional Council. They are elected for four years by the members of the Regional Council and those of the Notaries Chambers involved in this council. The delegates are renewed by half every two years. The Regional Councils bring together the Notaries of one Court of Appeal.

The Board of the High Council of French Notariat consist of seven members elected for two years by the General Assembly. The President of the High Council of French Notariat is elected for two years.

The General Assembly of the High Council of French Notariat meets several times every year, its meeting are prepared by several specialized commissions.

In addition to the commissions, the High Council of French Notariat  is assisted in its missions by:

  • The Institute of Legal Studies (Institut d’études juridiques or I.E.J.), established in 1971 with a dual objective: on the one hand, in liaison with the government departments, examine legislative projects and proposals submitted to Parliament, suggest any adjustments and amendments, and participate in the drafting of regulatory texts, and on the other hand, take any initiatives so as to foster the evolution of law.
     
  • The purpose of the Institute of Development (Institut du développement or IDD) is to promote the development of actions and tools in the profession’s main areas of expertise, to make them known to the targeted public - public authorities, partners, customers of notaries, etc. To do this, the IDD regroups 6 “sections” - the Notarial Institute of Local Communities (INCL), the Notarial Institute of Real Estate (INDI), the Notarial Institute of Rural Space and the Environment (INERE), the Notarial Institute of Businesses and Companies (INES), The Notarial Institute of Inheritance and Family (INPF), the European and International Notarial Institute (INEI) - each working on keeping and developing the Notaries’ expertise and skills by proposing and ensuring the implementation of actions and specific tools.

The High Council of French Notariat is located at 60 boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg - Paris (7th District).