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Land Registration Act 2002

Section 108: Jurisdiction

171.Section 108 lists the matters within the adjudicator’s jurisdiction. They are:


disposing of an objection to an application (see section 73(7));


dealing with refusal to grant a network access agreement, and disputes over the level of access applied for, or the termination of such an agreement (see paragraph 4 of Schedule 5); and


making an order for rectification or setting aside of a document which disposes of a registered estate or charge in some way which would be reflected in the register (for example, this is wide enough to cover the grant of a restrictive covenant as well as a sale or mortgage), a contract to make such a disposal of a registered estate or charge, or which effects the transfer of an interest which is the subject of a notice on a register.

172.The category referred to in sub-paragraph (c) above is new to this Act. The registrar has no power to rectify or set aside a document under the present law, which has meant that he has had to refer matters to the High Court which he could otherwise have resolved. The general law applicable to orders of the High Court also applies to orders made by the adjudicator under this section. This means, for example, that rectification relates back to the time when the instrument was executed and after rectification the instrument is to be read as if it had been drawn up in its rectified form.

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