The High Council of French Notariat (Conseil supérieur du notariat - CSN) is the professional organization of the notary profession empowered to speak on behalf of the notaries of France. The CSN is an establishment of public utility defined by the order of 1945.
The notary is both a conveyancing lawyer and a public official responsible for seeing that the conveyance is properly undertaken. The notary is a vital part of the system of land transactions in many jurisdictions in continental Europe. The notary is bound by a strict code of ethics, enforced by the relevant national bodies.