If the parties to the case agree, the Child Welfare Board can decide that case will be considered by the tribunal chair alone without a tribunal hearing. This procedure is usually used when the parties to the case have agreed on a proposed decision. If the parties to the case agree, the Child Welfare Board can also choose intermediate solutions, for example having the case considered by a tribunal chair alone, but with a short meeting where the parties to the case make statements, but the evidence is otherwise submitted in writing.
In cases concerning a request for the tribunal to change a previous tribunal decision, the Child Welfare Tribunal can choose the deal with the case using the simplified procedure even if the parties to the case have not agreed to this. The simplified procedure will only be used without the parties’ consent in cases where the tribunal chair finds it unproblematic to do so and the case can receive sound consideration using this procedure. If the above-mentioned conditions are met, the tribunal can also choose intermediate solutions as mentioned above.
3. Preparations and decisions
The Child Welfare Board makes preparations for the case and decides to deal with the case using the simplified procedure.