could you please tell me what exactly "prescriptive rights" mean? I have an inkling that it might have something to do with servitudes or acquisition of property by holding it but a more precise explanation would be greatly welcome.
Generally to do with access to or over land. Can you give more context - and which country does it relate to as there may be differences in law.
A prescriptive right is one that has not been specifically granted, but acquired by long user "nec vi, nec clam, nec precario" that is "Without force, without secrecy, without permission". Different rules apply in different jurisdictions.
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Thanks very much, Feebs and Forbes. Your answers made it quite clear.
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Please inform what are perscriptive rights and what is the criteria to obtain these rights?
Jo Clarke
That is a legal matter and beyond the remit of an English language forum. Try looking through the sites given here: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=mozclient&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&q=prescriptive+rights