DM v Locality Reporter and another

Parent and child – Children's hearing – Participation in children's hearing – 'Relevant person' – Half-sibling. Court of Session: Refusing an appeal from a sheriff's decision upholding a decision of a children's hearing that the appellant, then a boy aged 12, was not to be deemed a 'relevant person' in terms of s 81(3) of the Children's Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 in respect of his then 4-month-old half-sister, the court held that the sheriff did not err when he determined that the decision not to deem the appellant to be a relevant person was justified: the appellant's contention that his legitimate interests, including his rights under art 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, could only be protected by the conferment of deemed relevant person status was unfounded.

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