Can I certify that a document is a true copy of an original?

I’m an in-house solicitor dealing with a property matter. I need to supply the other party with some copy documents. Can I certify these documents to be true copies of the originals?

There’s no formal guidance in relation to certification of documents. You’re therefore free to certify the documents.

In order to avoid any delay, it may be prudent to check that the party requiring certification will accept the certification from you, bearing in mind your position with regard to the matter.

The government has produced general guidance on certifying a document.


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