journal of notarial acts (noh-tair-ee-[schwa]l). The notary public’s sequential record of notarial transactions, usu. a bound book listing the date, time, and type of each official act, the type of instrument acknowledged or verified before the notary, the signature of each person whose signature is notarized, the type of information used to verify the identity of parties whose signatures are notarized, and the fee charged. • This journal, required by law in many states, provides a record that may be used as evidence in court. — Also termed notarial record; notarial register; notary record book; sequential journal.