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

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.

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.

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.

Recent New​s​

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.

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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