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Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011

Section 154 – Appeal to sheriff against decision of children’s hearing

222.This section provides for a child, relevant person or Safeguarder to appeal to the sheriff against decisions made by a Children’s Hearing within 21 days of the hearing making the decision. Subsection (3) lists those decisions which are appealable. Decisions which are procedural steps in the process towards the making of a dispositive decision are not appealable. For example, where the hearing directs an application to the sheriff for the establishment of grounds for referral.

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