Environmental courts; district court or circuit court may establish, specialized court dockets. (HB1768)

Introduced By

Del. Israel O'Quinn (R-Bristol)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Specialized court dockets; environmental courts. Provides that any district court or circuit court may establish an environmental court, a separate court docket within the existing calendar of a district or circuit court, that would have the authority to hear cases involving the protection, improvement, and preservation of the public health and the environment. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102007D
01/08/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/2013Assigned Courts sub: #2 Civil
01/14/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 2-N)
01/28/2013Stricken from docket by Courts of Justice


Catherine writes:

The Rio + 20 Accords were held last June. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Division of Sustainable Development inventoried their progress last year, with the Review of implentation of Agenda 21 and the Rio Principles. "Twenty years after the Rio summit, this study aims to provide an assessment of the progress and gaps made in the implementation of Agenda 21 and the Rio Principles." On page 13, they cite Principle 10, "access to justice", and the advances made in establishing environmental courts or tribunals as a success in this global plan of action.

This bill opens the door to "green tribunals" and the kind of punitive code enforcement that is brutalizing private property owners across the country. We already have armed Environmental Police. Do we really want to set up this type of specialized court system? They may be calling it a "litter court" now, but we aren't so stupid. We know where this is heading: the opposite direction of our Constitutional judicial system.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

This bill establishes no new laws. It simply permits courts to hear cases pertaining to pollution, littering, public health, etc. all at the same time. Invoking the UN in such a pedestrian, local matter makes no sense whatsoever.