■ THE Land and Environment Court is undergoing a trial of paperless hearings, Attorney-general Mark Speakman announced this week.
Mr Speakman said its first paperless hearings recently took place in Sydney and Ballina. There are five more scheduled for this year, and evidence in each case will be tendered on a USB stick.
“It’s estimated these hearings will reduce printing by over half a million pages, delivering significant environmental benefits,” Mr Speakman said.
Land and Environment Court Chief Judge Justice Brian Preston said the paperless trials would only make up the minority of the court’s hearings this year, but would likely become the norm.