A father who refused to pay the fine imposed on him by his local council after he took his daughter out of school during term time has won a ruling in his favour.
The Isle of Wight Council fined Jon Platt £60 for taking his child on holiday during the school term without the express permission of her school. He refused to pay and the fine was doubled.
The dispute went before the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court in October when Mr Platt won the case. But the Isle of Wight Council appealed against the decision at the High Court in London. Today, 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.
Outside the court steps, Mr Platt said he was 'hugely relieved'.
The Isle of Wight council has said it is to seek clarification on the rules over parents taking children on holidays during the school term from the Department for education.
The Isle of Wight Council has released a statement in response to losing a case at the High Court against a dad who took his child on holiday during term time.
Jon Platt, from the Isle of Wight, took his daughter out of school during term time to go on a holiday to Florida. He refused to pay a fine for doing so, saying his daughter's overall school attendance was very good - and her absences were below the threshold stated in education guidelines.
The leader of the council said they would be passing the case to the Department for Education for further clarification on the matter, "...for the benefit of parents, schools and local authorities alike."
More about the school holidays during term time case.
The dad who refused to pay a fine for taking his six-year-old daughter out of school for a family trip to Florida said today's High Court ruling is a "victory for common sense."
Jon Platt was fined £60 by Isle of Wight Council after he took his family on the holiday, which included a visit to Walt Disney World, without permission from his child's school.
The fine was then doubled when he refused to pay and the case went before Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court in October.
Mr Platt won but the local authority appealed against the decision.
Lord Justice Lloyd Jones and Mrs Justice Thirlwall dismissed the challenge, ruling that the magistrates had not "erred in law" when reaching their decision.
Jon Platt, who refused to pay a fine for taking his six-year-old daughter out of school for a family trip to Florida, has won a ruling in his favour at the High Court.
The High Court has ruled in favour of a father who took his daughter out of school to go on holiday.
Jon Platt refused to pay £120 for taking his six-year-old to Disney World Florida last year and because of her regular attendance, Isle of Wight magistrates ruled he had no case to answer.
But the council asked the High Court to rule on whether taking a seven-day absence amounts to regular attendance.
The ruling raises the prospect of similar challenges from parents of children in English state schools, for which tightened rules on authorised absences were introduced by the government in 2013.
A father is due to challenge the Isle of Wight Council again - this time in the High Court.
Jon Platt, who's from the Island, has been handed a new fine for taking his daughter on another holiday during term-time.
He's refusing to pay it.
The local authority hopes to receive clarification on the issue.
41 years ago he went missing and he hasn't been seen since, but today Lord Lucan was officially declared dead by a High Court Judge.
The peer disappeared after the nanny to his three children was found murdered - Lord Lucan the chief suspect. A blood-soaked car was later discovered in Newhaven, Sussex. Since then some have speculated he killed himself, others say he was helped to escape.
Today's ruling means there's now a new Lord Lucan as Andy Dickenson explains. His report contains flash photography and includes interviews with Lord John Bingham and Sandra Rivett's son Neil Berriman.
Another legal challenge will be launched today at the High Court against Lydd Airport's expansion.
Campaigners are opposing the plans and say that it is too close to Dungeness power station.
It also comes two days after the RSPB started their separate legal challenge against the plans, as their nature reserve could be disrupted.
The airport is also said to be under one of the largest migratory bird routes in the South.
It was given permission last year for a new terminal building which would be capable of handling up to 500,000 people and an extended runway.