Local businessman and family man Jon Platt will appear before the Supreme Court in London today (Tuesday) at the final stage of the ongoing battle with the Isle of Wight Council over term time holidays.
Mr Platt, of Nettlestone, who runs JMP Partnership in Sandown, was given a £60 fine by the local Council for taking his daughter out of school for a family holiday during term time. Refusing to pay the fine and the secondary fine of £120, the case was taken to the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court where Mr Platt was told he had ‘no case to answer’.
Unhappy with the ruling, the Isle of Wight Council challenged the verdict and took the matter to the High Court and again Mr Platt won the case as his daughter’s attendance was deemed ‘regular’ at 92.3%, thus meeting the definition of the current law under Section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996.
The Department of Education are now funding the Isle of Wight Council’s legal battle against the ruling and as a result the case will be heard in the Supreme Court – the highest court in the land. 5 of the country’s most senior judges will preside over the case including Lady Hale; Lord Mance; Lord Neuberger, Lord Reed and Lord Hughes.
The outcome of the Supreme Court will affect parents and schools right across the country, but it may be several weeks until a final decision is made.
Jon Platt earlier today said:
“In a few hours, if all goes well, this final appeal will be over… I’m not worried or stressed, because I feel I have an army behind me.
“Come what may, whatever The Supreme Court decides, I’m perfectly content that I did the right thing for our wonderful children…. je ne regrette rien [I regret nothing].
Today’s proceedings can be watched live from around 10:30 at https://www.supremecourt.uk/live/court-01.html.
UPDATE @ 19:40 – It remains unclear as which way things will go following more than 5 hours in the court room today.
The case has been adjourned to allow the Judges to make their decision which could take several weeks. An exact date for the outcome of today’s hearings is yet to be set.