asked Her Majesty's Government:
What circulars they have issued or have in preparation to ensure that magistrates and judges are well versed in emerging environmental law, especially in the light of the Aarhus convention.
Judges and the legal advisers to magistrates are professionals in their field and are well placed to keep themselves up to date with changing legislation and case law. In court, representatives of the relevant prosecuting authority and the defence will raise any points of law to substantiate their case. It has not been government practice to issue information on emerging environmental law to the courts, but rather to provide public information generally when legislation is proposed and when it is being made.