A year of progress for the Environment Court
Hon Rick Barker
Minister for Courts
23 November 2006
A year of progress for the Environment
Courts Minister Rick Barker tabled the Report of
the Registrar of the Environment Court in Parliament today.
"During the year 913 matters were filed with the
Environment Court, 1158 cases were disposed, and 1374 were
awaiting hearing. This represents the lowest number of cases
outstanding since 1995", said Rick Barker.
delays the Labour-led Government has almost doubled
Environment Court funding since 1999/2000, invested in extra
judicial and administrative support, introduced a new case
management system, and rolled out electronic evidence
recording and transcription services. Greater use has also
been made of mediation services to resolve matters without
the need for formal hearings.
"While there is always
scope for improvement, it is pleasing to see that great
progress has been made," said Rick Barker.
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