Basseterre, St. Kitts, (CUOPM) — Establishment of a new Land Registry in St. Kitts and Nevis will result in significant benefits deriving from a more informed base for the identification of properties and the creation of a platform for improving the conduct of business in the twin-island
The Federal Cabinet has approved a new Land Registry Bill (2014) that will establish a dedicated and separate land registry with branch offices in both Nevis and St. Kitts and appoint qualified persons in the relevant fields to operate the Land Registry.
A new Land Registry is also expected to result in securing the preservation, storage and back-up of records and implementation of a central electronic repository for records
Presently, the High Court serves as the Registry of Lands, and the Registrar of the High Court is the Registrar of Lands. The same registry also houses registries relating to probates, deeds, NGOs, Friendly Societies, newspapers and Trade Unions.
Furthermore, certificates of title for land are not efficiently stored and managed, leading to the possibility of loss or damage of documents and inefficient customer service at the registry. This situation has impacted negatively.