This Act sets out provisions relative to the compulsory acquisition of land for public purposes by the state. The provisions concern, among other things: procedures for acquisition, compensation, registration of lands acquired and regulation-making powers of the Minister.Land shall be declared to be land required for public purposes by an Order of the President. Parliament may approve such Order. The Act defines the functions of the Commissioner of Lands and the Registrar General in the process of acquisition. The Act also concerns (deemed) abandonment of acquisition. Disputes regarding compensation shall be resolved by a Judge of the High Court. The Act also provides for compensation in case of mortgaged land or land held under leasehold.
Implemented by: Land Acquisition (Prescribed Forms) Regulations, 1996 (Cap. 58:01). (2009-12-31)
Amended by: Land Acquisition (Amendment) Act, 2000 (No. 73 of 2000). (2000-10-13)
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First colonized by the Spanish, the islands came under British control in the early 19th century. The islands' sugar industry was hurt by the emancipation of the slaves in 1834. Manpower was replaced with the importation of contract laborers from India between 1845 and 1917, which boosted sugar production as well as the cocoa industry. The discovery of oil on Trinidad in 1910 added another important export. Independence was attained in 1962. The country is one of the most prosperous in the Caribbean thanks largely to petroleum and natural gas production and processing.
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