This Act provides for acquisition of lands by the Government for public purposes. No land shall be acquired by the Government: (a) unless the acquisition of the land or the purpose for which it is to be acquired has been expressly authorized by the Legislature (except for construction of roads). The acquisition of land by the Government shall be by means of purchase by agreement or by means of compulsory purchase as provided for in this Act. Part II concerns purchase by agreement between the Minister and the owner of the land. Where the Minister is of the opinion that purchase by agreement: (a) is impracticable; or (b) having regard to the urgency of the intended purchase, would cause undue delay, he or she may make a compulsory purchase order in the prescribed form in respect of the land to be acquired. Procedures of the Order are set out in Part III. Section 6, 10, 11, 12 and 13 provide for arbitration. Section 14 sets out the principles applicable to determination of value of land. Other provisions concern appeal to the Supreme Court and payment of compensation.
Implemented by: Acquisition of Land (Arbitration and Appellate Proceedings) Rules 1971. (2009-07-29)
Implemented by: Acquisition of Land (Compulsory Purchase) (Forms) Rules 1971. (2009-07-29)
Implemented by: Acquisition of Land (Interest on Compensation) Rules 1971. (2009-07-29)
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Government of Bermuda
Bermuda was first settled in 1609 by shipwrecked English colonists heading for Virginia. Self-governing since 1620, Bermuda is the oldest and most populous of the British overseas territories. Vacationing to the island to escape North American winters first developed in Victorian times. Tourism continues to be important to the island's economy, although international business has overtaken it in recent years. Bermuda has also developed into a highly successful offshore financial center. A referendum on independence from the UK was soundly defeated in 1995.
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