61. The judge, upon proof to his satisfaction that the person is unlawfully in possession of the land, may order him to abandon the land and to hand over possession of it to the minister or public body. He may also order the premises restored to their former condition and, if the person fails to do so, authorize the minister or public body having authority over the land to cause the required work to be carried out at the respondent’s expense.
The order has the same force as a writ of possession and is executed in the same manner as a writ in an action of ejectment or in a possessory action.
On the tenth day after the date on which the judgment becomes executory, all property affected by the judgment shall devolve, without indemnity and in full ownership, to the domain of the State. The minister or public body may renounce the devolution on the conditions he or it determines.
1987, c. 23, s. 61; 1995, c. 20, s. 30; 1999, c. 40, s. 317.