English justice "fails the environment"

The Anglo-Welsh legal system greatly impedes citizens' access to justice in environmental matters as enshrined in the Århus convention, according to a report issued on Wednesday by NGO the Environmental justice project. Bringing a case before a civil court is prohibitive for individuals because of high costs, while inadequate sanctions in the criminal justice system do not provide enough of a deterrent for big corporations, it claims. The NGO is demanding a review of current legislation to establish a separate environmental court or tribunal employing specialist staff. See press release.

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