The Land Title Registration Law, 1961 has introduced some important changes in the law that will affect land transactions and conveyancing significantly.
The key objective of this paper is to comment on the most significant changes in the law introduced by this new Law, highlighting any problems, legal or social, created by its Promulgation. It is useful to be reminded from the beginning that like all statutes dealing with proprietary rights, the Law requires very careful reading.According to the Memorandum to the Law, its object:
- ". . . is to provide a machinery for the registration of title to land and interests in land.
- Systematic land tenure research in Ghana has revealed radical weaknesses in the present system of registration of instruments affecting land under the Land Registry Act, 1962 (Act 122).
- The chief among them is litigation, the common sources of which are the absence of documentary proof that a man in occupation of land has certain rights in respect of it . . .
- Apart from litigation over land, a variety of problems associated with agricultural tenancies and credit facilities have been encountered by farmers in many parts of the country."