Definition of a non-deemed relevant person

This is an individual to whom S79(2)(a)(i) of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 refers, that is a person who is seeking to be deemed to be a relevant person.

Pre-hearing panel meetings and children’s hearings to determine relevant person status

An individual who is seeking to be deemed relevant (referred to as a ‘non deemed relevant person’ (NDRP)) can be provided with ABWOR for:

  • A pre-hearing panel meeting that has been convened to determine such a claim in terms of Section 79(2)(a) of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011  Act
  • Any children’s hearing at which a determination is to be made as regards that individual in terms of Section 81 of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011

As a pre-condition, ABWOR will only be available if the individual satisfies the financial test and you receive our prior approval to provide ABWOR.

We need to be satisfied that legal representation is required to allow the individual to effectively participate in the proceedings (the “effective participation” test)

If we give our prior approval to represent your client at a pre-hearing panel you still need to apply separately for any further full children’s hearing. If you want to represent your client at such a full hearing, you need to obtain our prior authority to provide ABWOR again.

Status of relevant person not deemed

If your client who is seeking deemed relevant person status is not so deemed at a pre hearing panel or at the beginning of a full hearing or where your client who was a deemed relevant person is no longer deemed to be a relevant person (‘undeemed’) at a subsequent pre hearing panel or at the beginning of a subsequent full children’s hearing, then the grant of ABWOR in place for them will fall. ABWOR will no longer be available to your client from the point that determination is made.

If it becomes apparent that your client has not been deemed to be a relevant person or is no longer deemed to be a relevant person we cannot pay you for any further representation. However, we will pay you for all reasonable and necessary costs and outlays associated with your return to your office in association with your client seeking relevant person status.

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