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Precedent Established in State Land Cases

Four judgments delivered by the Supreme Court of Iceland last week, concerning property rights to so-called state land, establish precedent for such cases, according to Gudjón Aegis Sigurjónsson, who defended Rangárthing Ytri county against the state.

In these cases the Supreme Court found that the landowners do have rights to the contested area as private property. The court has previously made a ruling on nine state land cases, but there has not been any precedent of the Supreme Court reversing a decision or pronouncing that state lands be turned over to private property, Morgunbladid reports.

“This is a clear indication for landowners that they have their rights. It’s a bit of change from the way things have been,” said Sigurjónsson. “The lines have how been drawn. People can see in these verdicts how decisions will be made in the future, and the Committee for the Interior will surely look to the Supreme Court’s decision in these four cases for other state land cases, as well as what kind of claims they can make.”

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