Why we need an Environmental Court
William Birtles of Old Square Chambers puts forward the arguments for a specialist court for cases of environmental damage following the example of a similar court in New South Wales
In July 1999 Professor Malcolm Grant of the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge delivered his 500-page report on the feasibility of an Environmental Court for England and Wales. Commissioned by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, the report has not been published and its contents are unknown except to a select few. If and when the Grant Report is published, the debate on whether England and Wales needs an Environmental Court, and what kind, will be taken a stage further.
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