The Land and Environment Court aims to give access to the Court to everyone in NSW. In 2011, 25% of finalised cases were outside the Sydney-Wollongong-Blue Mountains-Gosford area.
Although it is located in Sydney, the Court has adopted a number of measures to extend its reach beyond the metropolitan area:
Land and Environment Court documents can be filed at any Local Court in NSW. There are over 150 Local Court courthouses spread across the state.
Directions hearings and other preliminary court proceedings are usually conducted by telephone or by using
eCourt, the Court’s secure online forum for filing, listings, directions and communication between parties.
Final hearings are often conducted on the site of the dispute.
The Land and Environment Court often sits in country courthouses located near the parties (see the Local Court website for details of these courts).
Parties and their legal representatives can communicate with the Court by email or registered users can communicate through eCourt.
If you live in a regional area and wish to file court documents or access Land and Environment Court services,
contact your nearest Local Court. You can also
call the Sydney registry to find out how the Land and Environment Court can serve you in your area.