See also:term applied in
See also:law to a number of different forms of legal reparation; e.g. under the
See also:Act 1870 (s . 4), for loss of
See also:property caused by
See also:felony, or—under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886—to persons whose property has been stolen, destroyed or injured by rioters (see RIOT) . It is due, under the Agricultural Holdings Acts 1883-1906, for agricultural improvements (see LANDLORD AND
See also:TENANT; cf. also ALLOTMENTS AND SMALL HOLDINGS), and under the Workmen's Compensation Act 1906 to workmen, in respect of accidents in the course of their employment (see EMPLOYERS' LIABILITY) ; and under the Licensing Act 1904, to the payments to be made on the extinction of licences to sell intoxicants . The term " Compensation
See also:water " is used to describe the water given from a
See also:reservoir in compensation for water abstracted from a stream, under statutory
See also:powers, in connexion with public
See also:works (see WATER SUPPLY) . As to the use of the word " compensation " in horology, see
See also:WATCH . Compensation, in its most
See also:familiar sense, is however a nomen
See also:juris for the reparation or satisfaction made to the owners of property which is taken by the state or by
See also:local authorities or by the promoters of
See also:parliamentary undertakings, under statutory authority, for public purposes . There are two
See also:main legal theories on which such appropriation of private property is justified . The
See also:American may be taken as a representative
See also:illustration of the one, and the English of the other . Though not included in the definition of " eminent domain," the
See also:necessity for compensation is recognized as incidental to that power . (See EMINENT DOMAIN, under which the American law of compensation, and the closely allied
See also:doctrine of
See also:expropriation pour cause d'utilite publique of French law, and the law of other
See also:continental countries, are discussed.) The
See also:rule of English constitutional law, on the other
See also:hand, is that the property of the
See also:citizen cannot be seized for purposes which are really " public " without a
See also:fair pecuniary
See also:equivalent being given to him; and, as the
See also:money for such compensation must come from parliament, the
See also:practical result is that the seizure can only be effected under legislative authority . An
See also:action for illegal interference with the property of the subject is not maintainable against officials of the
See also:crown or
See also:government sued in their official capacity or as an official
See also:body . But crown officials may be sued in their individual capacity for such interference, even if they acted with the authority of the government (cp .
Raleigh v .
See also:Goschen , 1 Ch . 73) . Law of England.—Down to 1845 every act authorizing the
See also:purchase of lands had, in addition to a number of
See also:form clauses, a variety of
See also:special clauses framed with a view to
See also:meeting the particular circumstances with which it dealt . In 1845, however, a
See also:statute based on the recommendations of a select
See also:committee, appointed in the preceding
See also:year, was passed; the
See also:object being to diminish the bulk of the special acts, and to introduce uniformity into private
See also:bill legislation by classifying the common form clauses, embodying them in general statutes, and facilitating their incorporation into the special statutes by reference . The statute by which this
See also:change was initiated was the Lands Clauses Consolidation Act 1845; and the policy has been continued by a series of later statutes which, together with the act of 1845, are now grouped under the generic title of the Lands Clauses Acts . The public purposes for which lands are taken are threefold . Certain public departments, such as the war
See also:office and the
See also:admiralty, may acquire lands for
See also:national purposes (see the Defence Acts 1842 to 1873; and the Lands Clauses Consolidation Act 1860, s . 7) . Local authorities are enabled to exercise similar powers for an enormous variety of municipal purposes, e.g. the
See also:housing of the working classes, the improvement of towns, and elementary and secondary
See also:education . Lastly, the promoters of public undertakings of a commercial character, such as
See also:railways and harbours, carry on their operations under statutes in which the provisions of the Lands Clauses Acts are incorporated . Lands may be taken under the Lands Clauses Acts either by agreement or compulsorily .
The first step in the proceedings is a "
See also:notice to treat," or intimation by the promoters of their readiness to purchase the
See also:land, coupled with a demand for particulars as to the
See also:estate and the interests in it . The land-owner on whom the notice is served may meet it by agreeing to sell, and the terms may then be settled by consent of the parties themselves, or by arbitration, if they decide to have recourse to that mode of adjusting the difficulty . If the property claimed is .a
See also:house, or other
See also:building or manufactory, the owner has a statutory right to require the promoters by a counternotice to take the whole, even although a
See also:part would serve their purpose . This rule, however, is, in
See also:modern acts, often modified by special clauses . On
See also:receipt of the
See also:counter-notice the promoters must either assent to the requirement contained in it, or abandontheir notice to treat . On the other hand, if the landowner fails within twenty-one days after receipt of the notice to treat to give the particulars which it requires, the promoters may proceed to exercise their compulsory powers and to obtain assessment of the compensation to be paid . As a general rule, it is a
See also:condition precedent to the exercise of these powers by a
See also:company that the capital of the undertaking should be fully subscribed . Compensation, under the Lands Clauses Acts, is assessed in four different modes:—(1) by justices, where the claim does not exceed £5o, or a claimant who has no greater
See also:interest than that of a tenant for a year, or from year to year, is required to give up possession before the expiration of his tenancy; (2) by arbitration (a) when the claim exceeds £50, and the claimant desires arbitration, and the interest is not a yearly tenancy, (b) when the amount has been ascertained by a surveyor, and the claimant is dissatisfied, (c) when superfluous lands are to be sold, and the parties entitled to pre-emption and the promoters cannot agree as to the price . (Lands become " superfluous " if taken compulsorily on an erroneous estimate of the
See also:area needed, or if part only was needed and the owner compelled the promoters under the power above mentioned to take the whole; or in cases of
See also:abandonment); (3) by a
See also:jury, when the claim exceeds £50, and (a) the claimant does not signify his
See also:desire for arbitration, or no award has been made within the prescribed
See also:time, or (b) the claimant applies in writing for trial by jury; (4) by surveyors, nominated by justices, where the owner is under
See also:disability, or does not appear at the appointed time, or the claim is in respect of commonable rights, and a committee has not been appointed to treat with the promoters . Promoters are not allowed without the consent of the owner to enter upon lands which are the subject of proceedings under the Lands Clauses Acts, except for the purpose of making a survey, unless they have executed a statutory bond and made a deposit, at the Law Courts Branch of the
See also:Bank of England, as security for the performance of the conditions of the bond . Measure of Value.—(1) Where land is taken, the basis on which compensation is assessed is the commercial value of the land to the owner at the date of the notice to treat . Potential value may be taken into account, and also
See also:good-will of the property in a business .
This rule, however, excludes any
See also:consideration of the principle of " betterment." (2) Where land, although not taken, is " injuriously affected " by the works of the promoters, compensation is payable for loss or damage resulting from any act, legalized by the promoters' statutory powers, which would otherwise have been actionable, or caused by the execution (not the use) of the works authorized by the undertaking . The following examples of how land may be " injuriously affected," so as to give a right to compensation under the acts, may be given:—narrowing or obstructing a
See also:highway which is the nearest
See also:access to the lands in question; interference with a right of way; substantial intenerence with
See also:ancient '
See also:noise of
See also:children outside a
See also:board school . Scotland and
See also:Ireland.—The Lands Clauses Act 1845 extends to Ireland . There is a Scots enactment similar in character (Lands Clauses [Scotland] Act 1845) . The principles and practice of the law of compensation are substantially the same throughout the
See also:Kingdom . India and the
See also:British Colonies.—Legislation analogous to the Lands Clauses Acts is in force in India (Land Acquisition Act 1894 [Act r of 1894]) and in most of the colonies (see western
See also:Australia, Lands Resumption Act 1894 [58 Vict . No . 33],
See also:Victoria, Lands Compensation Act 1890[54 Vict . No . 1109]; New Zealand, Public Works Act 1894 [58 Vict . No . 42]; Ontario [Revised Stats .
1897, c . 37]) .
JULES GABRIEL COMPAYRE (1843– )
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