Designing An Automated Torrens System — Baseline Criteria, Risks and Possible Outcomes

Rod Thomas, Rouhshi Low and Lynden Griggs “Designing an automated Torrens system - baseline criteria, and possible risks” [2015] New Zealand Law Review 452

18 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2019 Last revised: 31 Jan 2019

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Rod Thomas

Auckland University of Technology - Faculty of Business & Law; University of Cambridge - Cambridge Centre for Property Law; European Law Institute; IPRA-CINDER; Australian College of Strata Lawyers

Rouhshi Low

Queensland University of Technology

Lynden Griggs

University of Tasmania

Date Written: January 13, 2019

Abstract

This article is a continuation of a discussion of automation of Torrens regimes, introduced by the authors in [2013] NZ L Rev 227. In this article, the authors explore design constraints affecting automation of Torrens systems against the background of the three criteria previously developed to assess automation proposals: proof of identity (or name); proof of ownership; and proof of authority to deal. They then propose four different measures that may assist in moving any system towards full automation.The article concludes with a summary of seven propositions offered as guidelines to system designers and closes with the following question: if the outcome of automation transfers risk from the registry to conveyancers can that system still properly be considered Torrens in its nature?

Keywords: land registry, design criteria, automation

JEL Classification: K11

Suggested Citation

Thomas, Rod and Low, Rouhshi and Griggs, Lynden, Designing An Automated Torrens System — Baseline Criteria, Risks and Possible Outcomes (January 13, 2019). Rod Thomas, Rouhshi Low and Lynden Griggs “Designing an automated Torrens system - baseline criteria, and possible risks” [2015] New Zealand Law Review 452. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3315002 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3315002

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