Saturday, 14 May 2016
High Court rules in favour of dad
"A High Court ruling supporting a dad who took his child on holiday in term time could pave the way for other parents to do the same."
"Jon Platt refused to pay a £120 fine for taking his daughter to Florida."
"He said it was the principle rather than the cost as he believed he shouldn’t be criminalised when his six-year-old had regular attendance during the rest of the year."
"The issue of the fine, which was originally £60 and then doubled because of his refusal to pay, went before the Isle of Wight Magistrates’ Court in October last year."
"Mr Platt won his case, but the local authority appealed the decision in the High Court - and top judges ruled in the dad’s favour."
"On Friday, Lord Justice Lloyd Jones and Mrs Justice Thirlwall dismissed the council’s challenge, ruling that the magistrates had `not erred in law` when reaching their decision."