Dalhousie Law Journal


legal history, The Advent of the Torrens System in Canada, Council of Maritime Premiers, Nova Scotia, Land Titles Act, Torrens, title registration


In the fall of 1980 Charles W. MacIntosh, Q.C., then the head of the Land Registration and Information Service (L.R.I.S.), a federally funded initiative of the Council of Maritime Premiers, delivered a lecture to first year students at Dalhousie Law School. He announced with justifiable pride that Nova Scotia had enacted the Land Titles Act' and that the province would be moving to a Torrens system of title registration. The time for throwing off the centuries-old system ofdeeds registration, where the government provided a passive repository for title documents, was nigh! Nova Scotia would come to enjoy the benefits of a Torrens system of title registration, where land is indexed by location rather than by an interest holder's name. A government guarantee of parcel ownership would replace title certification based on lawyers' opinions. Expensive and repetitive historic title searches would become a thing of the past in Nova Scotia!

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