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The issue of whether, or not, reviews by Local Review Bodies (LRBs) should be conducted by means of a full consideration of the application afresh (De Novo), or whether they are solely a review of the appointed officer's decision has been raised regularly by delegates of the Local Review Body forum.
By way of clarification and in the interests of consistency, Annex A sets out the Scottish Government's position on this matter and confirms that the 'de novo' approach should be adopted in determining cases brought before LRBs.
I hope this information is helpful in setting out the Scottish Government's position on this particular matter.
The Scottish Government's view that the 'de novo' approach should be adopted in determining cases brought before Local Review Bodies.pdf