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Special Educational Needs Tribunal Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997

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2.—(1) In these Regulations—

“the 1996 Order” means the Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1996;

“the board” means the education and library board which made the disputed decision;

“chairmen’s panel” means a panel of persons appointed under Article 22(2)(b) of the 1996 Order who may serve as chairman of the Tribunal;

“child” means the child in respect of whom the appeal is brought;

“the clerk to the Tribunal” means the person appointed by the Secretary of the Tribunal to act in that capacity at one or more hearings;

“disputed decision” means the decision or determination in respect of which the appeal is brought;

“hearing” means a sitting of the tribunal duly constituted for the purpose of receiving evidence, hearing addresses and witnesses or doing anything lawfully requisite to enable the tribunal to reach a decision on any question;

“lay panel” means the panel of persons appointed under Article 22(2)(c) of the 1996 Order who may serve as the other two members of the Tribunal apart from the chairman;

“parent” means a parent who has appealed to the Tribunal under the 1996 Order;

“records” means the records of the Tribunal;

“the Secretary of the Tribunal” means the person for the time being acting as the Secretary of the office of the Tribunal;

“working day”, except in regulation 24, means a day other than a Saturday, a Sunday, a public holiday or a day in August.

(2) Nothing in these Regulations shall authorise a body corporate to attend a tribunal or to take any steps in proceedings other than by a representative.

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