21 December 2018
The Chief Judge is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Julie Bindon as an Acting Commissioner of the Court for the period commencing 21 December 2018 and expiring on 25 February 2020.
Ms Bindon is an experienced planner with over 35 years' experience. Ms Bindon holds a Bachelor of Town Planning (University of Auckland) and Postgraduate Diploma of Land Economy (University of Sydney). She is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and Honorary Fellow of the Australian Property Institute. She is a certified Practising Planner.
Ms Bindon founded and chaired JBA Urban Planning Consultants Pty Ltd, a leading consultant planning firm, before the firm's merger to form Ethos Urban Pty Ltd, where she was a Director. Ms Bindon played a major role in the planning of significant public and private projects. She has served on numerous professional and governments institutions and committees, including the Planning Institute of Australia, NSW Heritage Council and Western Sydney Parkland Trust.
22 November 2018
The Practice Note – Class 2
Tree Applications dated 13 May 2014 has been replaced with a new Practice Note
that adds a paragraph to direction 10 of the Usual Directions found in Schedule
A. Direction 10 now reads:
The respondent is to file with the Court and serve a copy on the applicant, the
local council and the Heritage Council of NSW, by 4.30pm on ……………………………, any
order pursuant to s 9 and/or s 14D of the Trees (Disputes Between
Neighbours) Act 2006 or pursuant to s 13A of the Dividing Fences Act
1991 which the respondent proposes as an alternative to or in addition to
the orders sought by the applicant. If the respondent wishes to retain the
tree, the respondent’s proposed order should include any solution to prevent
the tree causing damage to the applicant’s property, including any engineering
or construction solution, which would enable the tree to be retained;”
The new Practice Note
commences on 1 December 2018.
20 November 2018
Volume 10 Issue 3 (October 2018) of the Court's Judicial Newsletter is now available.
3 October 2018
Court Vacation 2018-2019
The Judges' fixed vacation begins on 17 December 2018 and the first day of term in 2019 will be Tuesday, 29 January 2019.
A Duty Judge will be available during the fixed vacation for urgent matters.
Matters may be listed for s 34 conferences, mediations and hearings before Commissioners throughout the fixed vacation except for the public holidays and the public service holiday on Thursday, 27 December 2018.
The final Registrar's directions hearing list for 2018 will be on Wednesday, 19 December 2018. The Registrar's directions hearing list will resume on Monday, 21 January 2019.
Both Online Registry and Online Court will be operating 24 hours a day as normal during the vacation period and parties are encouraged to avail themselves of these resources. Applications, appeals, notices of motion and subpoenas can continue to be filed by Online Registry. Online Court can continue to seek directions and also access orders for subpoenas and notices to produce throughout the vacation.
Information on Registry opening hours over the Xmas break is available here.
27 September 2018
Commissioner Timothy Horton Appointment
The Chief Judge is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Commissioner to the Court.
Mr Timothy Horton has been appointed a Commissioner of the Court from 5 November 2018 for a period of 7 years.
21 August 2018
The Chief Judge is pleased to announce that the Land and Environment Court of NSW has been awarded "Courts and Tribunals – ADR Group of the Year" at the prestigious Australian Disputes Centre ADR Awards 2018.
1 August 2018
Volume 10 Issue 2 (June 2018) of the Court's Judicial Newsletter is now available.
28 June 2018
Effective 1 July 2018 the Court's fees will increase by 2%. fee schedule
14 May 2018
The Court's Annual Review for 2017 is now available.
9 April 2018
As part of the implementation of the International Framework for Court Excellence, the Court commissioned a project with AustLII to use its databases to generate metrics and statistics concerning the Court. The results to the end of 2017 are available here.