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A written document that is official verification that a condition or requirement has, or has not, been met.

A written assurance issued from a court that is notification to another officer, judge, or court of procedures practiced therein.

A document (such as a birth certificate) prepared by an official during the course of his or her regular duties, and which may be used as evidence for certain purposes.

A document certifying that one has fulfilled certain requirements and may practice in a field.

A stock certificate is a paper representing a share of stock in a corporation that has been purchased by its holder.

A certificate of acknowledgment is the written statement by a Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, or other authorized officer that sets forth that a person or persons appeared before him or her on a particular date and declared an instrument to be their Voluntary Act and deed.

A certificate of deposit is prepared by a bank as a receipt for money deposited by a customer that the bank promises to repay to the depositor after certain conditions have been fulfilled.


noun affidavit, attestation, authentication, authorization, certification, charter, covenant, credentials, endorsement, guarantee, instrument, license, matter of record, muniment, official writing, paper, testament, voucher, warrant, writ, written contract, written evidence
Associated concepts: allotment certificate, certificate of auuhority, certificate of deposit, certificate of incorporation, certificate of indebtedness, certificate of occupancy, certifiiate of probable cause, certificate of public convenience and necessity, certificate of reasonable doubt, certificate of stock, certificate under seal, death certificate, demand cerrificate, land certificate, marriage certificate
See also: charter, check, coupon, deed, degree, document, instrument, license, permit, recommendation, record, warrant, warranty

CERTIFICATE, practice. A writing made in any court, and properly authenticated, to give notice to another court of anything done therein; or it is a writing by which an officer or other person bears testimony that a fact has or has not taken place.
     2. There are two kinds of certificates; those required by the law, and those which are merely voluntary. Of the first kind are certificates given to an insolvent of his discharge, and those given to aliens, that they have been naturalized. Voluntary certificates are those which are not required by law, but which are given of the mere motion of the party. The former are evidence of the facts therein mentioned, while the latter are not entitled to any credit, because the facts certified, may be proved in the usual way under the solemnity of an oath or affirmation. 2 Com. Dig. 306; Ayl. Parerg. 157; Greenl. Ev. Sec. 498.

CERTIFICATE, JUDGE'S, English practice. The judge who tries the cause is authorized by several statutes in certain cases to certify, so as to decide when the party or parties shall or shall not be entitled to costs. It is of great importance in many cases, that these certificates should be obtained at the time of trial. See 3 Camp. R. 316; 5 B. & A. 796; Tidd's Pr. 879; 3 Ch. Pr. 458, 486.
     2. The Lord Chancellor often requires the opinion of the judges upon a question of law; to obtain this, a case is trained, containing the admissions on both sides, and upon these the legal question is stated; the case is then submitted to the judges, who, after hearing counsel, transmit to the chancellor their opinion. This opinion, signed by the judges of the court, is called their certificate. See 3 Bl. Com. 453.

CERTIFICATE, ATTORNEY'S, Practice, English law. By statute 37 Geo. III., c. 90, s. 26, 28, attorneys are required to deliver to the commissioners of stamp duties, a paper or note in writing, containing the name and usual place of residence of such person, and thereupon, on paying certain duties, such person is entitled to a certificate attesting the payment of such duties, which must be renewed yearly. And by the 30th section, an attorney is liable to the penalty of fifty pounds for practising without.

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Printing of examination papers and academic certificates is a major security ink consuming segment and is expected to expand annually.
The Jobs Standards section studies requests from government entities under the umbrella of the Civil Service Bureau(CSB), the requests includes studies on jobs standards, individual qualification studies, issuance of job standards instructions and evaluation the quality of academic certificates.
The Certificate Equivalency Committee recently lost lawsuits filed by holders of academic certificates and degrees against decisions taken by the panel, local daily Arrayah has reported.
Their nefarious designs to cripple the HEC later got exposed to the whole country and the world as well when the Supreme Court had intervened to protect this premier institution and ordered verification of parliamentarians' academic certificates and many of them were later proved to have been holding fake degree holders.
In France for example there was a committee that determined salaries on the basis of academic certificates, qualifications and expertise.
The Financial Police said the tender commission of the State Registration Service held a tender for making personified diplomas of higher and secondary professional education and academic certificates of the Ministry of Education.
Each minister, she proposes, should establish "a weekly diwaniah" to receive people, listen to their problems and complaints, noting that a good minister can't be solely judged by his (her) academic certificates and should enjoy skills to communicate with the people.
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Iraq's Interior Ministry has sacked 14 officers, carrying different ranks, charging that they had forged their academic certificates, according to a report published by the semi-official Al-Sabah Newspaper on Saturday.
Chishti said his parents had sent his academic certificates to him in Karachi in 1991, as he was studying there in a seminary and needed the documents to apply for a job.
The committee is checking academic certificates and workers' age file-by-file, a committee member requesting anonymity told the Sudan Tribune.
LAHORE, July 20 -- The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed serious concern over the manner in which action has been taken against relations of Javed Leghari, chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), at a time when the HEC is seeking verification of academic certificates of parliamentarians, and asked the government to desist from strong-arm tactics.
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, one of the leading Islamic banks in the region, signed a memorandum of understanding with Abu Dhabi Men's College, to launch two academic certificates for diploma and bachelor's degrees in banking services.

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