Environmental fines need review, say legal experts

The Sentencing Council, an arm’s length body of the Ministry of Justice, believes more guidance is needed for judges to increase environmental fines

Fines for environmental offences should be increased, the chief executive of the Sentencing Council for England and Wales, Michelle Crotty, told a meeting of lawyers and regulators in November. A consultation on drawing up guidelines for the courts on sentencing for these offences is planned for the new year.

The council, whose members include judges, magistrates and non-judicial individuals, aims to improve consistency and public confidence in sentencing. It is a non-departmental body of the Ministry of Justice with the role of producing guidelines for courts to follow.

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