Amendments to the Civil Code to take effect September 1, 2021

ORANJESTAD - After consultation with relevant entities such as the Department of Legislation and Legal Affairs (DWJZ), Civil Registry and Population Registry (DBSB), representatives of the Bar Association, Notaries and taking into account the pending executive orders, the Council of Ministers has decided that the amendments to the Civil Code will enter into force on September 1, 2021.

These include amendments to book # 1, which deals with 'persons and family law', book # 3, which deals with 'property law', book # 4, which deals with the aspects of 'inheritance law', book # 5 refers to ' rights in rem', book # 6 refers to contract law, book # 7 relating to 'special contracts' and also includes amendments through the Adjustment Order supplementing the civil Code that addresses the transitional provisions, various laws linked to the Civil Code and bills of the amendment.

The introduction of the amendments to the Civil Code is possible thanks to the Introduction Bill presented by Minister Bikker and recently approved by the States (AB 2021 No. 43), in addition to other decrees necessary for this introduction.

The introduction date of the above amendments as of September 1, 2021, will give government agencies and the private sector sufficient time to prepare, with additional training/updates as needed. The government will soon launch an awareness campaign to provide information on all the changes that will take place. It has been a long time since the Civil Code has been updated and this is something that the people need to be well informed about, about their rights but also their obligations.

It was not an easy process and it required the efforts of many government departments and entities that came together to work on these changes. These changes have finally been added to the Civil Code and will come into effect on September 1, 2021. A Civil Code is a very dynamic law and is updated every so often.

To update the Civil Code in the future, more legal experts are needed, as the lack of legal experts within the government has delayed the updating process of several laws.

To help solve this problem, the Minister requested the cooperation of the University of Curacao and a law school in Aruba. Based on this, in June 2021, 20 legal experts will graduate as legislative lawyers to be able to modernize our laws.

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