Environmental Justice

House of Lords written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Spokesperson in the Lords, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

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.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Sustainable Farming and Food), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming and Food), The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

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.

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