Guidelines bring order to environmental sentencing

New rules for punishing environmental crimes have brought about more consistency and higher fines, legal experts tell ENDS, but more should be done on the enforcement front

Higher fines, more consistency and a deterrent effect are some of the benefits gained during the first year of tougher sentencing guidelines on environmental offences, environmental lawyers have said.

But more should be done to identify and bring offenders, particularly small companies and individuals, to justice.

The guidelines were drafted by the Sentencing Council for England and Wales and came into force in July 2014.

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