Two Scottish appeals involving the rights of siblings in the Children’s Hearings System will be heard by the UK Supreme Court later this year.

The cases concern the opportunities siblings currently have to be involved in the decision-making by Children’s Hearings about their brothers or sisters, and whether these are compatible with the right to family life protected by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. 

The two Court of Session judgments being appealed are:

ABC against Principal Reporter and others 

DM against Locality Reporter and the Lord Advocate 

The letters ‘ABC’ and ‘DM’ are used because the identities of those involved in the cases are strictly anonymised by order of the court. 

If interested, you can find out more here: 

Clan Childlaw (Clan Childlaw are the solicitors representing ABC)

SCRA statement following the Court of Session judgment last November

Children’s Hearings Scotland Practice Note – ABC v Principal Reporter – summary of Outer House judgment 

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