The Supreme Court challenge questioning the constitutional validity of the May 2010 amendments to the Environment Act is to be ready for hearing by May 2 next year.
The legal timetable for the steps to be taken leading to the trial were set down on Monday by Justice Don Sawong in a hearing attended by lawyer Ray William of Nonnggorr William Lawyers on behalf of his client, the referrer Belden Namah, MP for Vanimo Green.
Mr William told the court that his clients case is based on the fact that the amendments allow mining companies to get away with causing harm to the environment
and gives the Director for the Department for Enviroment and Conservation absolute power to grant environmental approvals without any rights of review.
Justice Sawong has ordered anyone who wishes to join the case to file their affidavits by February next year and the parties to file their agreed facts and disputed facts by March of next year and have the reference book filed by April so the matter is ready for trial by May 2nd.