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1) adj. an act, document or anything sanctioned or authorized by a public official or public agency. The term can also apply to an organizational act or product which is authorized by the organization, such as an Official Boy Scout knife or emblem, an official warranty, membership card, or set of rules. 2) n. a public officer or governmental employee who is empowered to exercise judgment. 3) n. an officer of a corporation or business. (See: officer)

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OFFICIAL, civil and canon laws. In the ancient civil law, the person who was the minister of, or attendant upon a magistrate, was called the official.
     2. In the canon law, the person to whom the bishop generally commits the charge of his spiritual jurisdiction, bears this name. Wood's Inst. 30, 505; Merl. Repert. h.t.

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188/1999, the public officials have the obligation to carry out their job assignments with professionalism, in an impartial manner and according with the law, and must restrain themselves from any deed that might prejudice citizens, legal entities or the office of public servants.
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The answer will depend on whether: (i) public servants have immunity against being personally sued for harm caused through incompetence, indifference, maladministration or negligence; (ii) vicarious liability by the State excuses public officials from personal liability; and (iii) the courts are prepared to impose personal liability on public servants acting in the course and scope of their employment.