Tech tri­als

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

■ 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.

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