Environment Court

Environment Court main page.

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The Environment Court is a single national court which sits in a number of courthouses in different parts of the country.  Judges are permanently located in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch.  Environment Judges from the three main centres go on circuit to other locations as needed. The work of the Court is organised nationally by the Principal Environment Judge to ensure a match between judicial resources and work.

Most of the Court's work involves issues arising under the Resource Management Act 1991, largely dealing with appeals about the contents of regional and district plans and appeals arising out of applications for resource consents. The consents applied for may be for land use, for a subdivision, a coastal permit, a water permit or a discharge permit or a combination of these.

Search Environment Court decisions

You can search Environment Court decisions online by typing any word(s) related to what you are looking for in the search box below and clicking on search. The search box will take you to the New Zealand Legal Information Institute (NZLII) Database.  This database contains decisions from September 1996 onwards. 

If you are unable to locate a particular decision please email EnvironmentCourt@justice.govt.nz

What is NZLII?

The New Zealand Legal Information Institute (NZLII) is a joint project of the University of Otago Faculty of Law, University of Canterbury and the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) with the assistance of the Law School, Victoria University of Wellington.