Due to the wide variety and considerable complexity of environmental hazards (including air pollution, water pollution, land pollution, noise, vibration, land subsidence, noxious odor, radioactive contamination, etc.), when the general public encounters public nuisance disputes they cannot easily and comprehensively assert their legal rights.
Furthermore the general public may want to seek legal action but be prevented from doing so for lack of the relevant legal knowledge or financial resources. The Environmental Protection Administration Executive Yuan does therefore draft this project in order to safeguard the people’s rights and interests.
In order to achieve the aforementioned goal, this project aims to:
1. Provide legal aid services in cases related to environmental protection and assist in fighting for the rights of the general public in resolving public nuisance disputes. This includes:
a) Legal advice and drafting of documents pertaining to civil matters of public nuisance disputes;
b) Mediation of public nuisance disputes; and
c) Appointed an attorney as an advocate in public nuisance
2. Set up an acceptance procedure and a screening mechanism for legal aid service cases. This includes:
a) Referring to the current legal aid practices of other domestic legal service organizations, developing a standard for financial review of legal aid service cases, and setting up the review procedure and application screening mechanism for the legal aid service cases accepted, and
b) Creating the necessary forms and documents for the acceptance of legal aid service cases.
3. Provide colleagues in the field of environmental protection with training workshops and an annual statistical analysis of legal aid cases related to environmental protection.