Guernsey

Guernsey land registry to be investigated

The issues involved in setting up a land registry in Guernsey will be investigated by the island's government.

The States Treasury and Resources Department said it would simplify the system and would make it easier to buy and sell property and reduce transaction costs.

The department has been tasked with reporting back to the States with a "comprehensive business case" within 15 months.

The current system is based on the feudal and customary law of Normandy in France.

The department said that meant it was the "preserve of lawyers" as a "detailed knowledge of Guernsey law of inheritance and succession is needed".

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