Can I still make an appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST) during the COVID-19 pandemic?
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The SENDIST is operating on a limited basis due to the outbreak of coronavirus. Staff are able to process post and respond to e-mails. Parental SEN Appeals and Disability Discrimination Claims should still be filed by parents as usual and these are being registered and processed.
Cases which are ready for hearing are currently being offered by having a hearing on the papers alone; by teleconference or secure video-link, or by waiting for a face to face oral hearing (which may be delayed). We strongly recommend that you take legal advice before agreeing to any form of hearing other than a face to face oral hearing.
CLC legal advisers are working as usual and can provide advice about how to proceed in individual cases. Our e-mail contact details are here: https://www.childrenslawcentre.org.uk/index.php/who-we-are