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3. (1) Where the case of a child who has been referred under the provisions of Part III of the 1968 Act to a children’s hearing for the area of an existing authority has not been disposed of prior to the specified date, his case shall on the specified date be transferred to a new authority’s area determined in accordance with paragraph (3) below and on such transfer the Principal Reporter shall make any necessary arrangements for a children’s hearing to consider the case.
(2) Where a case has been transferred under paragraph (1) above any notice given, warrant issued, ground of referral accepted or established, application made, decision or appeal made or any other thing done in relation to proceedings before a children’s hearing for the area of an existing authority before the specified date shall have effect as if it were given, issued, accepted or established, made or otherwise done in relation to proceedings before a children’s hearing for the area of a new authority.
(3) The new authority area shall be identified for the purposes of paragraph (1) above by reference to—
(a)the new authority area which comprises the whole area of the existing authority, or, as the case may be,
(b)the new authority area which comprises that part of the area of the existing authority within which the child had his home or, if the case was last considered outwith the existing authority area of the child’s home, the area where his case was last considered.
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