17 Jun 2013

Govt not planning to get rid of Environment Court

4:29 pm on 17 June 2013

Justice Minister Judith Collins says there are no plans to abolish the Environment Court and any speculation to the countrary is wrong.

The Resource Management Law Association says that is comforting.

Earlier, it said the Government had stalled answering an Official Information Act request, asking if there are plans to dis-establish the court.

But spokesperson Martin Williams said the group remains concerned at changes to legislation, which is eroding the key functions of the court.

Earlier, Environmental Defence Society chairman Gary Taylor told a Radio New Zealand reporter that talk of such a decision was gathering more credence.