Notaries in need of reform

By Camille FratiLex Kleren Switch to French for original article

The reform submitted in 2018 was ditched given the outcry it caused. Notaries are still waiting for the modernisation of their special profession.

According to the 2018 census, Rambrouch counts 4,326 inhabitants. In this rural municipality, located on the Belgian border near Martelange, the last notary position for the time being was filled on November 15, 2022. The office, housed in an orange plastered mansion, enjoys an ideal but above all emblematic location in the heart of the municipality. It is located on Rue Principale, next to the town hall, a pharmacy and a bank, and opposite the bus station. The commune is surrounded by fields and pastures, one of which extends to the edge of the main street, inviting a few thickly muffled sheep to the spectacle of city life.

It is Joëlle Pierret who now officiates as Rambrouch's notary. Her family still lives in Luxembourg City, which means she has to swallow the 45-minute drive every day, fortunately against the flow of traffic. At the age of 44, she has become the 36th notary in the country – necessarily the youngest, since for the time being, seniority takes precedence when appointing a new ministerial officer. For the record, it was the post in Redange that was vacant, but it was awarded to Frédérique Hengen, who had priority because she was already a notary in … Rambrouch. This is how Pierret finally landed in Rambrouch – where, four months after her arrival, she has finally received her plaque from the municipality, which owns the walls of her office.

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