High Court of Justice document
Your High Court of Justice document must have been issued by either the:
- County Court
- Court of Bankruptcy
- Family Division of the High Court of Justice
- High Court of Justice
- Sheriff Court
It can only be legalised if it has either:
- the original seal or ink stamp of the court
- the signature of a court official
- been certified
It can take the Legalisation Office longer to legalise a court document that only has a signature. Getting your document certified might make the process quicker.
If you provide a certified document, it must be certified in the UK by a solicitor or ‘notary public’.
When the solicitor or notary public signs the document, they must:
- note the type of certification they have done (eg the document is a true copy of the original)
- use their personal signature, not a company signature
- include the date of certification
- include their company address
If they add a notarial certificate, it must be attached to the document. The certificate must also contain a specific reference to the document they have certified.
If a notary public from England, Wales or Northern Ireland signs a document for legalisation, they must also stamp or emboss the document with their notarial seal.
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Get your documents legalised
You can get your documents legalised by the Legalisation Office if they meet the standards above.