Class 3 - Valuation, compensation and Aboriginal land claim cases

Proceedings in Class 3 include:


Proceedings

Proceedings in Class 3 include various different types:

 Valuation objections are usually heard by Commissioners, mostly persons with special knowledge and expertise in the valuation of land.

Compensation claims are usually heard by a Judge, but at times assisted by a Commissioner with special knowledge and expertise in valuation of land.

Other matters assigned to Class 3, such as Aboriginal land claims, are heard by a Judge, assisted by one or more Commissioners appointed with qualifications under s 12(2)(g) of the Land and Environment Court Act 1979 including in relation to land rights for Aboriginal people.

Practice and procedure

Practice and procedure in Class 3 matters can be found in:

Fast facts

  • In 2019, Class 3 proceedings constituted 7% of the Court’s finalised caseload.

  • Of the Class 3 matters finalised in 2019:
    • 53% were compensation claims
    • 28% were valuation or rating appeals
    • 2% were Aboriginal land claims.
    • 17% were other matters.

  • In 2019, 89% of Class 3 matters were finalised by alternative dispute resolution processes and negotiated settlement, without the need for a court hearing.

  • In 2019, 66% of Class 3 matters were finalised within 12 months of    commencement. The median completion time for Class 3 matters was 265 days.
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In 2019, Class 3 proceedings constituted 7% of the Court’s finalised caseload.
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