Patrick Sutton is a notary public.
A notary public is an officer of the law, responsible for certifying and attesting documents intended for use anywhere in the world. In Queensland, the notary office continues to be appointed by the Court of Faculties in England under the guidance of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The functions of a notary public have not been defined by statute or instrument. The foundation of their duties has essentially developed as a result of English case law and custom. In essence, notaries public are responsible for the following functions: