The High Council for the Notarial Profession
(Conseil supérieur du notariat - CSN)
The High Council for the Notarial Profession 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.
Organization of the notarial profession
- The High Council for the Notarial Profession with national jurisdiction. This is the highest authority of the professional organization.
- 33 regional councils with regional jurisdiction; Access to Directory of Regional Councils of french notaires
- 72 chambers with departement jurisdiction (some have inter-departement jurisdiction under certain circumstances); Access to Directory of Chambers of french notaires
Bodies contribute to the development and driving of the notarial profession
- The Assembly for the Liaison of French Notaries (Assemblée de Liaison des notaires de France);
- The Association for the Development of the Notarial Service (Association pour le Développement du Service Notarial or A.D.S.N.);
- The Pension Fund of the Notaries (Caisse de prévoyance et de retraite des notaires or C.P.R.N.);
- The Pension Fund of Notaries Clerks and Employees (Caisse de retraite des clercs et employés de notaires or C.R.P.C.E.N.);
- The Notarial Research, Information and Documentation Centers (Centres de Recherche, d'Information et de Documentation Notariales or C.R.I.D.O.N.). There are 5 of them in France: Paris, Lille, Bordeaux, Lyon and Rennes;
- The training organizations of notaries and other collaborators;
- The social agencies, etc.
Missions of the High Council for the Notarial Profession
Unique body of the profession empowered to speak on behalf of all Notaries in France, the High Council for the Notarial Profession, 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 for the Notarial Profession
The High Council for the Notarial Profession 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 for the Notarial Profession 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.
A team at the service of the french notaires
A team of more than 100 employees works daily in the service of the french notaires. The services of the High Council for the Notarial Profession are headed by Jérôme Fehrenbach, General Finances Inspector.