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Fraud: Civil Proceedings

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether recourse regarding alleged fraud in entries in (a) deed and (b) title plans is provided through the civil courts. (264420)

Allegations of fraud may lead to proceedings in civil or criminal courts, or both. Fraudulent misrepresentation (or "deceit"), whether or not it leads to a particular entry being made in an individual register or title plan, is a tort. The civil courts have jurisdiction to hear these cases.

In addition, disputes arising out of objections to applications to Land Registry are referred to the Adjudicator to HM Land Registry, an independent tribunal. Such objections may involve, for example, an allegation that a deed was executed as a result of fraudulent misrepresentation. Decisions of the Adjudicator may be the subject of an appeal to the High Court.