Land and Environment Court of NSW

Development appeals - At the second directions hearing

Venue, date and time

The second directions hearing will again be conducted by the registrar on the date fixed at the first directions hearing, in a court at the Court’s building at 225 Macquarie Street, Sydney.  The location of the Court and the precise time of the day when the directions hearing will occur will be shown on the Court Lists posted on a notice board in the foyer of the building and on the Court’s website under Court Lists in the afternoon of the day before the directions hearing. 

Information about the listing can also be seen:

Applying for leave to adduce expert evidence

Any party intending to adduce expert evidence at the hearing of any development appeal must apply for directions from the Court under Pt 31 r 31.19 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005​ permitting the adducing of expert evidence. 

The application for directions is to be made at a directions hearing at which the development appeal is listed for hearing.

The application is to be supported by a completed information sheet, outlining the issues in the proceedings, the experts whose opinion is sought to be adduced as evidence in the proceedings, and the areas of expertise of each expert. At the hearing of the application for directions, the party seeking directions is to explain the expert evidence sought to be adduced and why the use of that expert evidence should be permitted, including why that expert evidence relates to a real issue in the proceedings and is reasonably required to resolve that issue.

Completed information sheets

If the parties are seeking hearing dates, they are to hand to the Court their completed information sheets (paragraph 34 of the Practice Note) (PDF , 150.9 KB). These sheets assist the registrar to make directions that are appropriate to the particular circumstances of the matter and the particular parties.​

Completed minute of proposed directions

The applicant and consent authority are to hand to the Court at the second directions hearing an agreed or their own versions of a minute of the directions they propose the Court should make to prepare the matter and facilitate the just, quick and cheap resolution of the appeal (paragraph 36 of the Practice Note (PDF , 150.9 KB)). ​

These directions should be based on the usual directions in the Practice Note: (PDF , 150.9 KB)

If the parties do not agree, each party should prepare their own version of the directions they propose (paragraph 35 of the Practice Note) (PDF , 150.9 KB).

Making and recording directions

The registrar will make directions, generally in accordance with the usual directions at second directions hearing, including fixing a date for the final hearing. The registrar will state the directions orally. It is important that the parties record the directions the registrar makes. A written copy of the directions made is not usually sent to the parties. ​

Last updated:

08 May 2023

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