Alternative dispute resolution
Almost all disputes in the Planning and Environment (P and E Court) are resolved, or at least narrowed, by agreement before any final hearing.
The court encourages alternative dispute resolution and provides this service free of charge to parties involved in P and E Court matters. Parties must all request a referral to ADR or be ordered by the court to attend.
The P and E Court’s ADR Registrar can:
- conduct case management conferences
- chair ‘without prejudice’ conferences
- chair meetings of experts.
Parties can access private ADR or engage in private ‘without prejudice’ negotiations without the help of the ADR Registrar.
Parties are usually required to have a dispute resolution plan to help resolve issues before trial. The plans usually include:
- case management conferences and 'without prejudice' meetings between the parties
- meeting of expert witnesses (without parties or their representatives)
- ‘without prejudice’ conferences chaired by the ADR Registrar.
If you are a self-represented party and have not participated in a chaired without prejudice conference before, you can access a guide which will help you to understand the process.
Find out how to organise a conference or meeting with the ADR Registrar.
View the ADR Registrar’s online calendar to see when they’re available to conduct a conference or meeting.
Note: Other courts use an alternative dispute resolution process that’s different to that used by the P and E Court