Children (Scotland) Act 2020 - alternatives to court and funding of alternative dispute resolution pilots: report

Report on the Scottish Ministers progress between 1 October 2020 and 1 April 2021 on establishing a pilot of the meetings on alternatives to court and on funding of alternative dispute resolution as per the duties under section 23(1) (funding for alternative dispute resolution) and section 24(1) (pilot scheme for mandatory alternative dispute resolution meetings) of the Children (Scotland) Act 2020.

The Reporting Period

5. Sections 23(7) and 24(4) of the 2020 Act provide that statements must be laid before the Scottish Parliament at the end of a period. The periods are described in sections 23(8) and 24(5) of the 2020 Act:

(a) the first period begins on Royal Assent,
(b) after that, a new period begins with the last day of the previous period,
(c) each period ends with the day falling 6 months after it began,
(d) if the previous period ended on the 29th, 30th or 31st of a month and the month falling 6 months later has no such days, the period ends on the last day of that month.

6. The 2020 Act received Royal Assent on 1 October 2020. This statement covers the period from 1 October 2020 – 1 April 2021.



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