This Act makes provision for the recording of deeds, i.e. every document in writing affecting or relating to lands, tenements, or hereditaments in Montserrat. However, the Act does not apply to any document evidencing a transaction that shall be registered under the Registered Land Act. It defines the effect of the (non-) registration of deeds and concerns the proof of deeds. It also makes provision for administrative matters relating to recording and duties of recording officers.
Amended by: Law Revision (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2013 (No. 14 of 2013). (2013-08-25)
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English and Irish colonists from St. Kitts first settled on Montserrat in 1632; the first African slaves arrived three decades later. The British and French fought for possession of the island for most of the 18th century, but it finally was confirmed as a British possession in 1783. The island's sugar plantation economy was converted to small farm landholdings in the mid-19th century. Much of this island was devastated and two-thirds of the population fled abroad because of the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano that began on 18 July 1995.