The use of satellite imagery in court cases
GeoRas has experienced a phase of problematic prosecutions about following the rules and the regulation of the European Commission at the in the administrative court in The Hague. GeoRas has defended these prosecutions successfully by using integrated GIS and remote sensing approaches (165 cases).
Consequently, this success rate proved to farmers and organizations that monitoring by satellite is a viable means of control.
For all cases a legal representative and technical experts were present to assist the objecting farmers and organizations.
Winning all the court cases was due to the following:
- Familiarity with EU regulatory processes
- Abilities for spatial data processing
- Add on GIS implementation modules for specific needs as evidence
- Knowledge of integrated remote sensing and GIS
- Enhanced methods to deliver requested information to Judges
- Knowledge of image interpretation
- Collaborating with government officials and lawyers
- Understanding of the court procedures
- Proof of correct functioning of all the procedures The main subjects of the court cases were:
- Vegetation clearing legislations
- Over-declaration of declared parcels
- Ignoring the EU’s rules and regulations
- Determining vegetation history over a fixed period.