oa News and Views for Magistrates - Novel financial sanctions for environmental offenders



Extracted from text ... In the past ten years, environmental jurisprudence has developed rapidly facilitated through: the promulgation of a vast array of dedicated environmental policy and legislation; the proliferation of environmentally related court decisions; the establishment of dedicated environmental courts; the appointment of specialized environmental management inspectors; and perhaps most importantly, a shift in political will that recognises it is nonsensical to devour and destroy our host earth at an unsustainable rate. Criminal Sanctions A central tool for facilitating compliance with this emerging body of environmental law is the imposition of criminal sanctions on persons whose activities pollute or degrade the environment. ..


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