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Parliamentarians pass land registry bill into law



Attorney-General-VBBasseterre, St. Kitts, 12th July, 2017 ( - The Land Registry Bill 2017 was passed into law in the National Assembly sitting of 11th July, as law makers spoke of the benefits to be derived.


According to Attorney General Vincent Byron, the new law will facilitate the setting up of a dedicated land registry, separating this function from under the ambit of the High Court Registry.


The Attorney General indicated that the separation of functions would significantly reduce the very long delays being experienced under the existing system.


Byron said land registry will deal with all matters related to lands held by deeds, certificates of title, timeshares, condominiums and associated matters.


One of the new aspects of the new law is that it contains a clause that will allow for the conversion of relevant records into electronic format, In addition, it allows for direct access service where the information can be accessed remotely for searches.


Speaking in Parliament, Byron explained, “Clearly, Mr. Speaker, this is an inescapable imperative of the 21st Century and of the age within which we exist…. Needless to say, this will prove to be a massive undertaking and will demand a significant investment of financial and human resources.”


Byron said also, “It will require the investment of a lot of patience from the public, the lawyers and any other stakeholders once this initiative is undertaken.”


The establishment of the land registry will be supported by a survey and physical mapping of lands on St. Kitts and Nevis.

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