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 (PDF, 263.2 KB) 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