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A decade later and no closer to answer

Author: Carmel Rickard

Successful land claims often result in moving stories about communities, unjustly forced from their homes, being able to return. 

However, a recent case heard by the Supreme Court of Appeal highlights the difficulties that can be experienced by people on the other end of the claim. 

When a claim is officially lodged against someone’s property it effectively becomes no man’s land. 

Thus it’s crucial – for both sides – that claims are investigated and finalised as quickly as possible. 

But go back a step in the process: how long would be reasonable to wait for confirmation of whether a claim has been lodged against your property? 

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