Reconceptualising the Role of the New Zealand Environment Court
Warnock, Ceri Ailsa
What does the specialised nature of an environment court entitle it to do? The recent decision of the New Zealand Supreme Court in Environmental Defence Society Incorporated v Marlborough District Council (‘the King Salmon case’) NZSC 38 helps to answer this question. For the past 20 years, the New Zealand Environment Court has decided applications within a framework of the broadly defined statutory purpose of sustainable resource management. The King Salmon case narrows this wide discretion. This article analyses the implications of the decision, suggesting that it helps to delineate between functions of specialist environment courts that may be considered appropriate (adjudicative and legislative fact finding) and decision-making that strays too far into the policy-sphere.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Keywords: Environmental law; Environmental Defence Society Incorporated v Marlborough; Courts and adjudication
Research Type: Journal Article