MINISTERS have been accused of acting unlawfully over a failure to properly protect Scotland’s precious landscape, environment and wildlife through effective court enforcement.
Scots environmental justice charity Environmental Rights Centre for Scotland (ERCS) has lodged its concerns with the Scottish Government saying there is already a failure to provide an accessible public mechanism to challenge actions that will affect the environment through court action. It has consulted senior counsel over the ministers’ response in a review of environmental governance. The ERCS sought the opinion of senior counsel over the ministers’ review response and John Campbell KC responded saying it was “not an adequate nor a sufficient response” saying that it does not answer the question of whether a special court would enhance governance.
It comes as an analysis backed by Scotland’s nature agency found wildlife is “in crisis” with one in nine animals and plants being at risk of becoming extinct north of the border.

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