Sir Philip Bailhache says the conveyancing system must change, both to provide a cheaper and simpler service to the public and to take advantage of the electronic revolution.
he Jersey Law of Real Property has recently been reviewed by the Jersey Law Commission, who have issued a consultation document.
Electronic conveyancing has already been introduced in the UK, but has been hampered in Jersey because of the current use of the French language in legal documents and contracts.
pening the International Land Registry Conference held at the Société Jersiaise yesterday, Sir Philip said: ‘French was indeed the Island’s principal language until the early part of the 20th century and remains the language of conveyancing.
There is growing pressure to change to English, which is now the principal language of the Island, and I think this pressure cannot logically or sensibly be resisted.