Are the court proceedings for environmental laws the same as they would be for anything else?



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    In most environmental law cases the Environmental Protection Agency starts the suit, either against an individual, a private entity, or a government. The case may be handled in a specialized environmental court with a judge under the auspices of the EPA. The EPA can also lodge complaints in both federal and state courts. The EPA partners with the Department of Justice and Tribal (native American) leaders at times to bring suit.

    These cases proceed normally, in terms of having lawyers, defense/prosecution, being allowed to appeal a decision, etc. A big difference is in cases in a special EPA court there wont be a jury.

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