In 2017, the number of Class 2 matters represented
10% of the Court’s finalised caseload. These were mostly applications under the
Trees (Disputes Between Neighbours) Act 2006.
Of these finalised tree disputes matters in 2017:
- 68% were applications concerning a tree causing damage to property or injury to a person
- 32% were applications concerning a hedge severely obstructing sunlight or views.
94% of tree disputes were finalised within 6 months of commencement. The median completion time was 93 days.
In 2017, one party was self-represented in 59% of all tree dispute matters.
Both parties represented themselves in 56%
of applications concerning a tree, and
of applications concerning a hedge.
In 2017, 16%
of tree disputes were finalised by alternative dispute resolution processes and negotiated settlement, without the need for a court hearing.