Participation and Responsiveness in Merits Review of Polycentric Decisions: A Comparison of Development Assessment Appeals
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law
July 28, 2010
Environmental and Planning Law Journal, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 36-52, 2010
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/68
The question of whether tribunals operate in an inquisitorial or adversarial manner can be regarded as a starting point for evaluating their processes. It is a question that is also raised about the Land and Environment Court. In this article I argue that the merits review jurisdiction of the Land and Environment Court generally operates according to an adversarial process. This becomes clear when participation and responsiveness in the Land and Environment Court is compared with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal's Planning and Environment List which tends to operate according to inquisitorial processes. Particular risks are identified with both adversarial and inquisitorial processes in the context of merits review of development assessment decisions. I argue that the problems raised by adversarial processes are more fundamental than those raised by inquisitorial processes.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 23
Keywords: merits review, adjudication, inquisitorial process, participation, responsiveness, environmental assessment
JEL Classification: K10, K30, K32
Date posted: July 29, 2010
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