REGULATION IN THE MOUNTAIN
When dealing with mountain accidents and its legal aspects, how does the legal procedure work? How does it affect decision making? These legal parameters are obviously interesting for mountain professionals, but who else?
While the presentation was partly inspired from a real legal suit and trial, emphasis was laid on the fact that PGHM officers lead mountain rescue operations, and act as police officers who can therefore enquire on causes and circumstances of the accident. Their reports represent a fundamental stage in the legal process.
At that time, the mountain professional/instructor on duty that day must justify his actions and decisions in order to gather as much information used to assess the legal liability of the professional party.
A public discussion followed the reconstitution of the trial in the presence of Jacques Dallest, the Chambéry district attorney. Alain Duclos and Erik Decamps, both mountain experts, also took part in the discussion.
The evening presentation lead to the conclusion that “a better understanding of the complexity of the legal process subsequent to mountain accidents truly contributes to improving on-site decision making” .