Housing NSW's median sales prices23 December 2016Housing NSW's median sales prices for the June quarter 2016 are now available. Metro Rural
Annual Review14 December 2016The Court's Annual Review for 2015 is now available.
Leave of absence for Justice Pepper and Appointment of Professor Molesworth AO QC as an Acting Judge
7 December 2016
Justice Pepper will be taking leave of absence from the Court for 12 months from January 2017 to January 2018. Her Honour will chair the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing of Unconventional Reservoirs and Associated Activities in the Northern Territory.
Professor Simon Molesworth AO QC has been appointed an acting judge of the Court from 23 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. Professor Molesworth is one of Australia's leading barristers in planning and environmental law. After initially practising as a solicitor (from 1978), Professor Molesworth became a barrister in Victoria in 1984 and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1995, specialising in environmental, planning, heritage, and natural resources law. He is a Vice Chancellor's Professorial Fellow at Monash University.
He has served previously as a senior legal member of the Planning Appeals Board and the Planning Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, forerunners to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, and as the State Mining Warden for Victoria. He was appointed first a Member and then an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to conservation and the environment, to heritage preservation at national and international levels, to the professions and natural resource sectors, and to community health organisations.
The Online Registry Website is changing!30 November 2016
From 3 December 2016 the Online Registry website will have a new 'look and feel.' Watch the video of the new Online Registry website. Key changes include:
Details about the arrangements over the law vacation can be found by downloading the handout.
The Judges' fixed vacation begins on 19 December 2016 and the first day of term in 2017 will be Monday, 30 January 2017.
Matters may be listed for s 34 conferences, mediations and hearings before Commissioners throughout the fixed vacation except for the public holidays of Monday 26 December, Tuesday 27 December 2016 and Monday 2 January 2017 and the public service holiday (yet to be determined by the Department of Justice but likely to be observed on Wednesday 28 December 2016).
The final Registrar's directions hearing list for 2016 will be on Wednesday 21 December 2016. The Registrar's directions hearing list will resume in the week commencing Monday 16 January 2017.
A Duty Judge will be available during the fixed vacation for urgent matters.
The registry will be open throughout the fixed vacation, except for the public holidays and the public service holiday. For the period 29 December 2016 to 6 January 2017, the registry counter will operate from 9:30am-4:00pm only. The registry counter will return to normal operating hours on Monday 9 January 2017.
The Chief Judge is pleased to announce the appointment of Rosemary Martin as the Senior Commissioner of the Land and Environment Court from 17 October 2016.
Ms Martin is an Australian lawyer, having practised in both private practice and the public sector for 27 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Master of Laws (majoring in environmental law). She is a qualified company director and a qualified mediator.
Ms Martin has worked for private law firms including Allen, Allen & Hemsley, Clayton Utz and Martin & McLean, with a speciality of environmental, planning and resources law.
In the public sector, Ms Martin was the Solicitor to the Victorian Environment Protection Authority; Director, Legal, Audit and Risk of the Department of Business and Innovation; and General Counsel and Board Secretary of Public Transport Victoria. Ms Martin was commissioned to conduct an inquiry into the Mineral Resources Development Act and has served as the State Mining Warden for Victoria. She has served as a Board Member and Deputy Chairman of Parks Victoria.
Ms Martin has training and expertise and extensive experience in executive leadership and governance of public institutions.
Four persons have been appointed as Commissioners of the Court:
Susan Dixon has been re-appointed for another seven year term from 6 July 2016. Ms Dixon has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws. She is an Australian lawyer, having practised in both private practice and the public sector for 30 years. She is a nationally accredited mediator. She is a former Registrar of the Court and has been a Commissioner of the Court for the last seven years.
Jenny Smithson has been appointed for a seven year term from 1 August 2016. Ms Smithson is a town planner, with a Bachelor of Arts, Urban and Regional Planning (with Distinction) and a Master of Town and Country Planning. She is a Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) and has served as WA State President and National Councillor of the PIA. She has 30 years applied experience in NSW and WA in the private and public sectors. She has served as a sessional member of the State Administrative Tribunal of WA. She has been an Acting Commissioner of the Court for the last five years.
Danielle Dickson has been appointed for a seven year term from 18 July 2016. Ms Dickson has a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons), Master of Environmental and Local Government Law and Master of Business Administration, and is a qualified Company Director and a nationally accredited mediator. She has 20 years applied experience from working in architectural firms and in local government and town planning, initially in the private sector and since 2004 in the local government sector.
Michael Chilcott has been appointed for a seven year term from 25 July 2016. He has a Bachelor of Science (Biological Science), Graduate Diploma in Natural Resource Management and Master of Science (Wildlife Biology) and is a qualified Company Director. He has 30 years applied experience as an environmental practitioner in Australia and overseas. He is a certified environmental practitioner and Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ). He is currently the President of EIANZ.
Local councils affected by the Local Government (City of Parramatta and Cumberland) Proclamation 2016 or the Local Government (Council Amalgamations) Proclamation 2016 will not automatically have their name changed in proceedings currently before the Court. Any name change can only be effected by order of the Court.
Legal representatives of affected councils are invited to write to the Registrar identifying all of the proceedings in which they represent the affected council, identifying the role of the council in the proceedings, providing the new name of the party they represent, and requesting an order to be made to change the name of the party. This includes proceedings in which the property concerned has now moved to a new council area.
Please provide your written request by 8 June 2016. Any requests after this time may be directed to be made by notice of motion, consistent with the practice in other courts.
Please note that once an order has been made, there may be a delay of 2-3 weeks in changing the name of the party in the computerised court record system (JusticeLink and Online Registry).
The Land and Environment Court is now using JusticeLink and the NSW Online Registry (including Online Court). Current matters are still in the process of being moved to the Online Registry, and all current matters should be available in the Online Registry by 27 May 2016.
All documents filed online should now be filed through the NSW Online registry, and any requests for orders to be made online must be made using Online Court.
The Court has updated its website to provide resources to assist with:
The Land and Environment Court will soon transition to a suite of new technology.
On 23 May 2016, the Court's current internal case management system will be replaced by JusticeLink, and the eCourt system will be replaced by the external-facing website, NSW Online Registry, which includes Online Court.
The Online Registry allows solicitors, barristers and unrepresented parties to access court information for cases in which they appear, such as documents filed, court orders and future listing dates.
Solicitors and self-represented parties can also use the Online Registry to file forms online. 43 forms will be available to be filed online, 24 hours a day, with the filed document sent by email to the filing party and recorded in the Online Registry in a turnaround time of a few minutes.
The Court's eCallover and eCourt request system will be replaced byOnline Court, which sits within the Online Registry Website. Online Court will be available to all Land and Environment Court listings in Classes 1-4 and 8, allowing parties to manage civil matters from their computer without having to set foot in court, in the same way that they currently do through eCou
The change to these new systems is due to take place on 23 May 2016.
To prepare, we are asking legal practitioners to register for the NSW Online Registry as soon as possible so that they will have access to cases as soon as the cases are moved to the new system.
For more information about these changes refer to the following handout on the upcoming changes to Online Services.
Click here to view the Attorney-General's media release concerning the new technology.
The Chief Judge has also issued a new Approval of Forms. The new approval: