Practice and procedure    


These pages explain and provide links to documents and information explaining the practice and procedure that applies:

  • for particular types of cases in the Land and Environment Court, or

  • generally, to all types of cases.

Legislation is the collection of acts that are used in the different classes of cases that come before the Land and Environment Court, and includes the Land and Environment Court Rules 2007.

Practice Notes explain the practice and procedure for particular types of cases in different classes of the Court’s jurisdiction.

Directions are statements of the directions the Court will usually make at directions hearings to prepare cases for final hearing or other means of resolving disputes.

Policies explain particular aspects of practice and procedure, such as case management or site inspections, or particular procedures, such as making inquiries about reserved judgments or complaints.

Principles are statements of principles developed in judgments to guide future decision-making in development appeals and tree disputes.

Legislation relating to the Land and Environment Court's juridiction and conferring legilsation indicates the broad range of laws applicable in this jurisdiction.

Cases in the court: more information

More information on the ways that different types of cases proceed through the court can be found in the section Types of cases. The 'Fast facts' segment in each section indicates the average time taken to reach finalisation in different types of cases, and shows which dispute resolution methods are typically used.

Main types of cases heard by the Land and Environment Court

Class 1: environmental, planning and protection appeals

Development appeals

Residential development appeals

Miscellaneous appeals

Class 2: tree disputes and miscellaneous appeals

Tree and hedge disputes

Miscellaneous appeals

Class 3: valuation, compensation and Aboriginal land claim cases

Aboriginal land claims

Claims for compensation for compulsory acquisition of land

Land valuation appeals

Miscellaneous appeals

Class 4: civil enforcement and judicial review of decisions under planning or environmental laws      

Class 5: criminal proceedings for offences against planning or environmental laws

Classes 6 and 7: criminal appeals against convictions and sentences for environmental offences by the Local Court.            

Class 8: mining matters  

Appeals against the Court’s decisions   





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