Environmental justice: Inside the tribunal system

The initial trickle of cases brought before environmental tribunals since 2012 has grown and greater use of the system is expected in the future. Isabella Kaminski explains how the system works

A panel of judges and technical experts considers each appeal (photograph: Sebastian Duda/123RF)When enforcement action is taken against firms or individuals believed to be breaking environmental rules, reactions can vary from surprise to acceptance to anger. But in a minority of cases the affected party will decide to challenge the regulator’s decision.

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