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Proceedings in the Environment Court

If you are unhappy with the outcome of proceedings at the local authority level, in many cases, you can challenge the decision in the Environment Court.

Lodging a resource consent appeal

If you are unhappy about a decision of a consent authority on a resource consent application, you may decide to lodge an appeal about a decision on your submission with the Environment Court.

Lodging a plan appeal

If you are unhappy about a decision of a consent authority on a proposed policy statement or plan you may decide to lodge an appeal about a decision on your submission or further submission with the Environment Court.

Third party proceedings

If someone else lodges a consent appeal or a plan appeal  with the Environment Court you may be able to participate in the proceedings and present a case at the subsequent hearing.

Mediation

The purpose of mediation is to resolve disputes through mutual agreement rather than by court decision.

Security of costs and award of costs

Defendants may seek security for costs if they consider that the appellant will not be in a position to pay costs if an award is made.

If you are a party to proceedings in the Environment Court, and you are unsuccessful, you may be liable to an award of costs against you.

Presenting a case at the Environment Court

Once you have lodged proceedings in the Environment Court you will need to start preparing your case. Depending on the nature and complexity of your case, you may need to consider seeking assistance from a lawyer or other resource management professionals (e.g. a planner).