AB v General Teaching Council for Scotland

Teaching – Professional competence – Fitness To Teach Panel ('FTTP') – 'Protected conviction'. Court of Session: Dismissing a judicial review petition by a registered teacher seeking reduction of a decision of the respondents' FTTP that a complaint concerning him should proceed to a full hearing before an FTTP despite an admitted error in law in a 'protected conviction' of the petitioner having been placed before an Investigating Panel ('IP') and the respondents having submitted a reasoned opinion and request that the complaint not proceed to a full hearing, the court held that there was no irredeemable prejudice or unfairness to the petitioner if the matter proceeded before the FTTP for a substantive hearing which required the court to intervene, the petition was premature and unnecessary, and the FTTP's decision was a lawful and reasonable one.

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