President of the Bar Association, Queen’s Counsel, Rosalind Smith-Millar has expressed concern about the lack of statutory power within the hands of Government’s Registrars to extend payment and filing deadlines in emergency periods.

She pointed to the Supreme Court registry, the Land Registry, and the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property offices which were all closed during the COVID-19 lockdown.

 Smith Millar said this has resulted in the dislocation of commercial and residential transactions, as well as the huge financial revenue losses to government from transfer taxes and stamp duties.

 

Smith-Millar also expressed concern about the late publishing of the official Gazette.

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