Sessional commissioners are called upon to convene conferences between parties to a dispute, preside over court hearings, and to use their expertise to make decisions in the form of orders and judgments. The court calls upon sessional commissioners for their special expertise, or when a full-time commissioner is not available.
The Environment, Resources and Development (ERD) Court was established by the Environment, Resources and Development Court Act 1993. It commenced operation on 15 January 1994.
The ERD Court is a specialist integrated court with jurisdiction to hear and determine matters, including appeals under legislation addressing development, environmental management and the conservation and management of natural resources. It also has criminal jurisdiction and civil enforcement powers to deal with breaches of legislation affecting the conservation and management of the environment.
A significant part of the work of the court is the convening of conciliation conferences between parties to a dispute, to assist them to resolve the issues, in the public interest.
Sessional commissioners are appointed through the Attorney-General’s Department by the Governor of South Australia.
The information booklet below outlines specific information about the role of a sessional commissioner appointed by the Governor of South Australia as a commissioner of the Environment, Resources and Development Court.
For more information about expressions of interest for sessional commissioners:
- email: attorney-general [at] agd.sa.gov.au
- phone the Deputy Registrar: (08) 8204 0289.