Regulation & Case Law
They are used to protect and benefit people, businesses and the environment and to support economic growth. Case laws are laws established following judicial decisions given in earlier cases. By deciding a disputed point of law a senior court can change or clarify the law, thereby setting a precedent which other courts are bound to follow or apply in later cases. The level of fines and other sanctions established under case law can act as a significant deterrent to any future offences by organisations and/or individuals on environmental protection issues such as waste management and environmental pollution.
Regulation & Case Law articles
Campaign group Wild Justice has accused the UK government of trying to relax pollution rules for housebuilders “through the backdoor”.
Environmental crimes could result in prison sentences of up to 10 years and company fines of 5% of turnover under a proposed EU law agreed by the European parliament and council.
Litigation is becoming a key tool for delivering climate justice and action, with the number of court cases more than doubling worldwide in just five years, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has found.