DOCUMENTS FOR USE IN INDIA – 2011 UPDATE
Since my most recent blog on this subject in December 2010, there has been a further development.
You will recall that the problem is that in areas of India and particularly in the Punjab, lawyers and other Authorities are requiring that Deeds and papers created in England for use in India should be notarised, legalised with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and then further legalised at the Indian High Commission in London or Birmingham. The third step is in fact unnecessary as a matter of International Law.
Representations have been made by the Commissioners of the Hague Convention to the Federal Government of India. This has now resulted in a directive which can be read on the website of the Punjab Government at http://punjabrevenue.nic.in/stamp5-8-2010.pdf
In a nutshell, the guidance regulation confirms to all Punjab lawyers and Authorities, that NO FURTHER LEGALISATION IS REQUIRED, once the notarised paper bears the Apostille of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
This is very good news, although I suspect that it may be some considerable time before this is clearly understood and implemented throughout the Punjab.