The Supreme Court recently reversed its practice relating to claims for access to a public road. Courts had previously ruled that the right to claim access over the property of another is conditional upon a clear and physical lack of any access to a public road from the applicant’s property.

According to the Supreme Court’s new position, a landowner may file a petition with a court even if access to a public road has been unhindered thus far but the other party has rejected a proposal to formalise the customary access scheme by means of an agreement or for a reasonable fee set by a court. The Supreme Court thus found that courts should also accept precautionary claims in that regard.