Worshipful Company of Scriveners

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The Worshipful Company of Scriveners of the City of London is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. It is also known as the Mysterie of Writers of the Court Letter. The Company had been responsible for setting qualifications and regulations for Scrivener Notaries (notaries public of the City of London) since its foundation in 1373. It secured a Royal Charter from King James I in 1617.

In 1801, Parliament passed the Public Notaries Act, under which only members of the Company could become Scrivener Notaries; these requirements stayed in place until the Access to Justice Act was passed in 1999. Nonetheless, the Company still retains the power to set standards and qualifications for London's Scrivener Notaries.

In the order of precedence of the Livery Companies of London, the Scriveners' Company is forty-fourth. The motto of the Company is Littera Scripta Manet, Latin for the Written Word Remains.

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