It will be a month on Friday. I don't even think a date has been set for a discussion about making the desision. I had two cold sweat moments today when your blood runs cold thinking you have mucked up. Once when I doubted I sent in my final statement, then when sendist said "didn't you read your email?"
It's not too bad as really either way it's probably decided in theory now, but it never gets to be the point where it's over. Been almost 1.5 years doing this yet I still have no answers :0/
Reminds me of a story about a judge who was criticised by his colleagues for making decisions too quickly; he still made the decision as quickly but left it in the drawer for three months... I suspect tribunal decisions are made before you have even left the building. I hope they get their act together quickly for you.
I wonder if they spend more time checking and cross checking the judgements to make sure they are not easy to appeal? It must be pretty embarrassing to have messed up and to find your decision has been reversed later. I am hoping that this is vaguely comforting as some LAs have a reputation for routinely appealing. Fingers and toes all crossed for you
I think they panel have usually made their mind up as you leave the building - the meeting will be for them to write the decision as they are pretty detailed and they carefully explain why they have come to their decision and to stop I guess an appeal later on but it is frustrating how long some families have to wait but when you see the decision you will understand why it takes them some time. I would keep phoning them so phone back next week and see whats happening. the admin people themselves will also be chasing it as well.
2 boys my LA also insisted that they would appeal if the Judge ordered our requested provision. They also told the panel that they were not prepared to fund the therapies under any circumstances. They did not appeal the decision (the Judge ordered all of our requested provision to be included in statement! ). The decision was so detailed and reasons were given for every change made to the statement. I think that if the LA were to appeal, the appeal will only be allowed to be made if the decision is unlawful or not explained and reasoned (which hopefully it will be!).
'Yes my la gave strong hints he would appeal if we won. Been told that he type who does :0(
He was banging on on the day about putting complaints in about everything that happened on the day.'
The tactics of some LA reps is to try and convince the panel that THEIR easiest path is to side with them rather than the parent. A kind of warning that if they don't say the LA wins then their work will increase and they'll definitely me made to defend their decision.
If they have any sense they will defend their decision proactively in advance, causing a likely small delay. Hopefully that is what it is.