The Gazette seeks insight on its use in court

Can you help The Gazette with three questions relating to using their notices in court and the importance of their digital signatures?

The Gazette, the UK’s official public record and the home of all deceased estates notices, also known as Section 27 notices, is seeking insight from legal professionals. Please spare a minute to answer the questions, which will help inform website and service improvements.

Firstly, The Gazette team would like to learn how Gazette notices are presented and used as evidence in court. It is assumed that printouts from the website are attached to other prescribed forms. Is this correct, or are they presented in a different way?

Secondly, you may or may not be aware that all of the notices placed in The Gazette have a digital signature, essentially so that an interested party can check that the information is correct and has not been altered. The website contains a tool to carry out this check. We would like to know if you have ever used this facility, or if it would ever be used by a legal professional. The Gazette team understands that digital/electronic signatures are usually used in contracts, and generally Gazette notices are taken to be a statement of fact when submitted as documentary evidence.

Please visit The Gazette’s survey to answer three questions about this topic:

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If you have any further commentary around this, The Gazette team would love to hear from you. Get in touch by emailing

This article was submitted to be published by the Gazette as part of their advertising agreement with Today’s Wills and Probate. The views expressed in this article are those of the submitter and not those of Today’s Wills and Probate.

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