Land and Environment Court

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The Land and Environment Court hears environmental, development, building and planning disputes. Read more.

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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.

Mr Horton is an experienced architect with over 20 years' applied experience in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning. Mr Horton holds a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) (University of Sydney) and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Design (University of Canberra). He is a registered architect and Associate Member of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. He is formerly the Registrar of the NSW Architects Registration Board. Mr Horton has delivered public architecture, commercial architecture and interior architecture projects throughout Australia. He has won numerous national and state architectural and urban design awards for his work. He served as the Commissioner for Integrated Design in South Australia providing expert strategic advice to the State government on good urban design and a sustainable built environment. He has served at the highest levels of the architecture profession, including being Chapter President and then National Director of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, and the Chair of various state Practice Committees. He has served as a juror for awards for architecture, planning, urban design and sustainability.

Recent New​s​

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.

The Australian Disputes Centre was first established in 1986 by the then NSW Attorney General, the Honourable Justice Terry Sheahan and the Honourable Sir Laurence Street, Chief Justice of the NSW Supreme Court,  and is now dedicated to advancing alternative dispute resolution across Australia and internationally to deliver benefits of world class alternative dispute resolution to businesses, professionals, governments and communities.

This award from the Australian Disputes Centre recognises the wide range of reforms that have been undertaken by the Court so as to be able to provide a range of dispute resolution processes to parties which it matches to the individual dispute and disputants.

This approach is unique in NSW to the Land and Environment Court.

Alternative dispute resolution procedures have now been embedded in the Court's practices, processes and procedures and this has resulted in a shift of the culture of the Court from being highly litigious and adversarial to conciliatory.

The outstanding success of the Land and Environment Court's alternative dispute resolution processes, the value it provide to the community and the benefits to the parties of providing individualised justice are demonstrated by the year on year increase in the number of matters that continue to be filed in the Court and number of matter that are conciliated and resolved prior to any hearing.

The Court is proud to receive this award and to have its leadership in the practice of alternative dispute resolution recognised.

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.


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