Reserved judgments policy
This is the policy of the Land Court for reserved judgments and explains how a party or their representative can enquire about the progress of the judgment.
- Members of the Land Court endeavour to deliver judgments within three months of the judgment being reserved.
- Judgments are reserved on the final day of hearing, unless a party is granted leave to provide written submissions, in which case it will be reserved upon receipt of the last of the parties’ written submissions.
- If, after the hearing ends, a Member requests further written submissions from a party, the reserve date is not affected.
- If, at the time of reserving a decision, the Member is aware that the judgment will not be delivered within the three month period, the Member should advise the parties of the likely date of delivery.
- The President monitors progress of all reserved judgments.
- At the end of the 3 month period, any party or their representative is entitled to enquire about the progress of a reserved judgment by letter or email addressed to the Registrar. The Registrar will raise the enquiry with the President without revealing the identity of the person making the enquiry.
- The President will provide a written response through the Registrar, after consultation with the relevant Member.
- Provided the proceedings are public, any interested person, whether a party or not, may obtain information as to the status of a reserved judgment from the Registrar or the President (such as the date when the judgment was reserved and the identity of the Member).