Litigation

We may be a party to litigation or court proceedings by prosecuting a breach of legislation or responding to matters brought against OEH.

Prosecution guidelines

The OEH Prosecution Guidelines set out the factors the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) takes into account when deciding whether, how and in what court to prosecute offences under the legislation it administers. The OEH guidelines are consistent with the EPA prosecution guidelines.

Previous court cases

There is a public register of convictions in prosecutions initiated under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act) or the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act) and results of civil proceedings before the Land and Environment Court under the NPW Act or the BC Act.

Subpoenas

A subpoena is a legal document issued by a court or tribunal that requires a person to produce documents or give evidence at a hearing or trial.

All subpoenas issued to OEH should be accompanied by conduct money in the amount of $30 to cover some of the costs associated with complying with a subpoena. All subpoenas issued to OEH should be addressed to:

The Proper Officer
Office of Environment and Heritage
Level 14, 59 Goulburn Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Other court documents

All other court documents should be served on OEH in accordance with the relevant court rules. If OEH is a party to litigation or court proceedings, all court documents should be served at the address for service nominated by OEH in those proceedings.

Your privacy

OEH must comply with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW), which regulates the collection, storage, quality, use and disclosure of personal information.

For more information see OEH and your privacy.