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8. Sanctions

a. ADMINISTRATIVE SANCTIONS

Upon verified complaint by an interested, affected or aggrieved person, the notary public shall be required to file a verified answer to the complaint.  If the answer of the notary public is not satisfactory, the Executive Judge shall conduct a summary hearing. If the allegations of the complaint are not proven, the complaint shall be dismissed. If the charges are duly established, the Executive Judge shall impose the appropriate administrative sanctions. In either case, the aggrieved party may appeal the decision to the Supreme Court for review. Pending the appeal, an order imposing disciplinary sanctions shall be immediately executory, unless otherwise ordered by the Supreme Court. (Section 1[c], Rule XI, Ibid.)

The Executive Judge may motu proprio initiate administrative proceedings against a notary public, subject to the procedures prescribed and impose the appropriate administrative sanctions on the grounds mentioned in the Rules. (Section 1[d], Rule XI, Ibid.)

b. SUPERVISION AND MONITORING OF NOTARIES PUBLIC

The Executive Judge shall at all times exercise supervision over notaries public and shall closely monitor their activities. (Section 2, Rule XI, Ibid.)

c. PUBLICATION OF REVOCATION AND ADMINISTRATIVE SANCTIONS

The Executive Judge shall immediately order the Clerk of Court to post in a conspicuous place in the offices of the Executive Judge and of the Clerk of Court the names of notaries public who have been administratively sanctioned or whose notarial commissions have been revoked. (Section 3, Rule XI, Ibid.)

d. DEATH OF NOTARY PUBLIC

If a notary public dies before fulfilling the obligations in Section 4(e), Rule VI and Section 2(e), Rule VII, the Executive Judge, upon being notified of such death, shall forthwith cause compliance with the provisions of these sections. (Section 4, Rule XI, Ibid.)

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