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21 March 2024

The Torrens System under the Land Titles Act: A "Bebe" Retrospective

Chan Sek Keong SC

Published on e-First 21 March 2024

This article advances a principled approach to give certainty and finality to the registered title under the Land Titles Act 1983 (“LTA”). It requires the court to interpret the statutory exceptions to indefeasibility under the LTA as exclusive categories or instances of the prescribed causes of action that may defeat or encumber the registered title wholly or partially. It is argued that this approach gives effect to the purpose of the LTA. No adverse claim against the registered title, if not based on such cause of action, is permissible. These causes of action are, respectively: (a) fraud; (b) breach of contract; (c) breach of trust; (d) legal disability; and (e) illegality.