The Act – Section by Section

Section 20: Power to make rules in respect of Tribunal practice and procedure

57.As detailed in paragraph 54 above, the Act will extend the circumstances in which parents and young persons can make references to the Tribunal consequent on certain procedural failures of the education authority. These new circumstances relate to an authority’s failure to take action within a specified period of time. Section 20 enables the Scottish Ministers to make rules regarding the ability of Convener of a Tribunal to sit alone to consider references where they relate to failures by education authorities to comply with specified time scales.

58.Section 20 will also allow the Scottish Ministers to make rules to allow the Tribunal to review its decisions in certain circumstances.