Land and Environment Court

​​​​​​​​​Welcome to the website of the NSW Land and Environment Court.

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

Latest News

25 March 2019

Volume 11 Issue 1 (February 2019) of the Court's Judicial Newsletter is now available. 

15 March 2019

The Practice Note – Class 3 Compensation Claims dated 15 July 2011 has been replaced with a new Practice Note that:
  • requires early identification of areas of proposed expert evidence and of the proposed experts; 
  • shortens the times for taking procedural steps in compensation claim proceedings; and 
  • sets out the standard directions which will be made if the compensation claim hearing is to be conducted on a paperless basis.
The new Practice Note commences on 15 March 2019. 

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:

“10. 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.

Recent New​s​

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.

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.

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.



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