|Name:||Environment Court Act, 2000 (Act No. 11 of 2000).|
|Subject(s):||Environmental, Climate and Sustainable Development Laws|
|Type of legislation:||Law, Act|
|Entry into force:|
|Bibliography:||Legislation on-line FAOLEX (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations) PDF of Act as amended to 2002 (consulted on 2011-10-06)
|Abstract/Citation:||The Act includes the following:1. Short title 2. Definitions 3. Overriding effect of the Act 4. Establishment of Environment Courts 5. Jurisdiction of Environment Court 5A. Penalty for violating court's order 5B. Trial of certain offences by Special Magistrates 5C. Trial procedure in Special Magistrate's Court 6. Power of entry, search, etc. 7. Procedure for investigation 7A. Assistance from law enforcing agencies and other authorities 8. Procedure and power of Environment Court 9. Conversion of fines to compensation 10. Authority of Environment Court to inspect 11. Appeal 12. Environment Appeal Court 12A. Transfer of cases 13. Pending cases 13A. Jurisdiction of Environment Court over offences etc. committed earlier 14. Power to make rules.
An Environment Court and an Environment Appeal Court are instituted under this Act and Judges appointed: the Courts shall rule trials under environmental laws and condemn violators of those very laws. Special Magistrates may be appointed for particular trials, power of investigation and inspection shall be accorded to inspectors in order to gather useful evidences.