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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 1: Appointment and jurisdiction of justices of the peace and notaries public

Section 1. Justices of the peace and notaries public shall be appointed, and their commissions shall be issued, for the commonwealth, and they shall have jurisdiction throughout the commonwealth when acting under the sole authority of such a commission. Unless otherwise expressly provided they may administer oaths or affirmations in all cases in which an oath or affirmation is required, and take acknowledgments of deeds and other instruments.