July 2016

The Society’s committees have been working on a number of Scottish Parliament and UK Parliament Bills and consultations including immigration and asylum tribunal fees, the minimum age of criminal responsibility and the proposed secondary market for pension annuities.

Key areas are highlighted below. For more information see the law reform section of the website

Developments in Environmental Justice in Scotland

The Environmental Law Committee has responded to a Scottish Government consultation on whether further change is needed in the justice landscape to protect wildlife and the environment, and to provide better access to justice in civil environmental cases.

The SNP made a manifesto commitment in 2011 to the effect that it had received representations calling for the creation of an Environmental Court in Scotland. We believe, however, that environmental justice is much wider than the cases which come to court and we are concerned that this consultation considers only court reform rather than considering the wider system of environmental justice in Scotland.

It is our view that this consultation is too narrow in its scope and does not embrace the range of ways in which environmental justice can be sought.

The full consultation response is available to read on the law reform section of the website