Local Education Authorities (LEA) have a legal duty to ensure children attend school. The reasons behind non-attendance can be complex and numerous and the LEAs are committed to working with the school and parents or guardians of children to ensure the child returns to education. Prosecutions for are usually a last resort, only being exercised when all other strategies have failed. Here’s some answers to questions you might have:
I’ve received a summons to attend Magistrates’ Court , what should I do?
How can I defend myself if I’m summoned to court?
What will happen at court?
Will I have to pay court/prosecution costs?
How much can I be fined if my child doesn’t attend school?
Can I get legal aid?
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