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What Happens Next?
We will check your reference form to see if the Tribunal can deal with the matters
you have raised. If we need further information, we will contact you.
When we are sure that we can proceed, we will register your reference. We will
then send you guidance about preparing your case statement (the case
statement is a document in which you will be asked to set out your case in full). We
will copy your reference to the Education Authority when it is registered and also
your case statement (once you have prepared it) so they can respond. There is an
information note on making a reference on the Additional Support Needs section of
the Health and Education Chamber website:
You are given 15 working days to prepare your case statement in circumstances
when the Education Authority has failed to provide a Co-ordinated Support Plan
within the required timescales.
In all other circumstances, you are given 20 working days (4 weeks) to prepare a
case statement. The authority has a further 10 working days to produce their
response to this. You might think you have submitted enough information in your
reference. You do not need to prepare a case statement but you may need further
time to consider if there is any other information which might assist the Tribunal to
understand your child and their needs.
If you want your case to proceed as quickly as possible or think you may need more
time you may ask for these time periods to be changed.
The Tribunal will comprise three people - one will be a legal member who is an
experienced lawyer and the other two are specialist members, with expertise in
education, social work or health. Occasionally a tribunal will be made up of one
legal member sitting alone. The hearing will normally be held close to your home.
We will send you more information at the end of the case statement period. All
hearings are allocated at least a full day. More complex hearings may be allocated
For further information:
• 0141 302 5860