The Ministry of Justice has made public the latest decorations of the Order of San Raimundo de Peñafort, awarded on the occasion of the Anniversary of the 1978 Constitution and for extraordinary reasons, to prominent legal professionals at the national level. On this occasion, the minister has resolved to grant the 1st Class Distinguished Cross of the Order of San Raimundo de Peñafort to two notaries of the Community: Ernesto Tarragón Albella (active notary of Castellón) and Alberto María Cordero Garrido (notary of Elche retired in 2019).
Both receive this award for legal merit, rewarding their services rendered as public notaries in the study and development of Law, at the service of citizens for more than 35 years. This distinction of the Ministry of Justice was created by Royal Decree on January 23, 1944 (feast of San Raimundo, patron saint of jurists) to reward the relevant merits contracted by those who intervene in the Administration of Justice and reward the distinguished deeds in the cultivation and application of the study of Law in all its branches.
On this occasion, the Ministry has granted 26 professionals in the legal field this distinction that, due to the current health situation and as a preventive measure against Covid-19, the Ministry will send each winner, not being able to celebrate the traditional delivery of awards of the hand of the Minister of Justice, Juan Carlos Campo.
Alberto María Cordero Garrido was a notary at the age of 26. He took possession in 1975 and his first destination was the town of Serós (Lleida), followed by Tortosa (Tarragona), until he reached the city of Elche (Alicante) in 1983, which would make him a notary from Elche for 37 years, until his retirement in October 2019. Undoubtedly, Cordero is deserving of this award for having spent a lifetime developing the profession of Notary with mastery and excellence, being an example to follow for all members, for his dedication, study, behavior and companionship.
Ernesto Tarragón Albella has been a mediator notary of Castellón since 2000. He joined the Notary Public in 1984, through the notary of L’Ollería (Valencia), going on to develop his profession in the towns of Vecindario (Las Palmas), Alzira (Valencia) and Vitoria (Álava). The Ministry now grants this distinction to the legal merit in attention to the merits and circumstances that concur in his person and, especially, for his work in favor of the Notaries, over more than twenty years, especially in the international arena. And it is that Tarragón, current Honorary Counselor of the International Union of Latin Notaries (UINL) and Delegate for African Affairs of the General Council of Notaries, has been vice president for Europe of the UINL, defending for years the legal system and the Spanish notary for all the world.
After receiving the news of the award, both notaries wanted to express their gratitude to the Notarial College of Valencia, the General Council of Notaries, the notaries and property and commercial registrars who have promoted and supported this recognition, but above all to the citizens that during these years they have gone through their notaries seeking legal security, sharing their problems and fears, placing their trust in them.
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