SEPA's prosecution record held back by fiscals, low fines

Eighteen prosecutions initiated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) were concluded in its first year of operation. But there is as yet little sign that SEPA is succeeding in overcoming two weaknesses of the Scottish legal system. Almost a quarter of the cases it recommended for prosecution in 1996/7 were rejected by procurators-fiscal, and the fines imposed by the courts remain well below those handed out south of the border.

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