The Scottish Civil Justice Council has issued a consultation to seek views on draft rules for Protective Expenses Orders (PEOs). The draft rules seek to ensure that, where applicable, the rules regulating applications for PEOs in environmental proceedings operate so as to give proper effect to the requirement under the Aarhus Convention and European Union Law that proceedings should be 'not prohibitively expensive'.

The Scottish Government and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) have issued a consultation that sets out proposals for a new integrated environmental authorisation framework for SEPA. The new framework plans to bring together the authorisation, procedural and enforcement arrangements for existing environmental protection regimes relating to water, waste, radioactive substances and pollution prevention and control.

The Scottish Government is seeking views 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.