Land Court - civil
The Land Court is a Court of record first established in 1884 as the Land Board.
The Land Court is constituted under the Act to hear and determine matters relating to valuation and natural resource issues, including:
- the determination of claims for compensation for compulsory acquisition of land;
- appeals against valuations for rating, rental and conversion to freehold purposes;
- appeals against decisions concerning water licences;
- recommendations for the grant of mining tenures and the determination of compensation;
- cultural heritage including the grant of injunctions and approval of cultural heritage management plans; and
- appeals against a wide range of ministerial decisions concerning state land and interests.
The Land Court is a user-friendly Court. Its emphasis is on client service, and it
- sits in Brisbane and rural regional centres as required;
- uses a simplified form of rules and procedures;
- adopts an active case management approach;
- minimises formality, and is not bound by the rules of evidence;
- deals with matters expeditiously;
- utilises telephone and video hearings;
- promotes resolution by the parties through mediation and preliminary conferences;
- respects the interests of all stakeholders, including cultural sensitivity;
- regularly consults with stakeholders; and
- publishes its judgments on the internet.