Commission For Racial
10 / 12 Allington Street
TEL 020 7828 7022
MINICOM 020 7932 5419
FAX 020 7630 7605
4th December 2000
Our Ref: LS/00/688/BA
Dear Mr Bryson
Notice of Extension of Time Pursuant to Section
66(4) of Race Relations Act 1976
I write to confirm that following your written
application for assistance with your case of racial discrimination,
we are considering your spplication and making appropriate equiries.
We are under a statutory duty to make a decision
on your application within two months after the date we received
it. All decisions on whether or not what kind of assistance, if
any, is granted to an applicant are made by the Legal Committee
of the commission.
Unfortunately we are not able to make a decision
whether or not to grant you assistance within this two month period,
and the Race Relation Act gives us the power to extend that period
by one extra month.
Please treat this letter as formal notice from
the Commission for Racial Equality to youself that the time period
for considering your application has been extended to three months.
If your case does not concern employment and
is a matter for determination by the County Court or Sheriff Court
then there are special rules which apply to the time limit for
starting proceedings in your case.
In matters falling under Part III of the Race
Relations Act 1976 ( discrimination in areas of housing, education,
provision of goods, facilities and services - in general non-employment
matters) the Act says that claims of racial discrimination should
be started in the County Court/Sheriff Court within six months
of the date of the discrimination complained about. As you have
applied in writing to the Commission for Racial Equality for assistance
with your case you are automatically given eight months, this
means that your case must now be commenced in the County/Sheriff
Court within nine months starting from the date of the discrimination
This notice does not affect any time limits
which apply to employment cases which must be started at an Industrial
Tribunal within three months of the discrimination complained
There is no need for you to take any action
as a result of this letter, but please keep the letter in a safe
place as it does have important consequences concerning the time
limits if your case fall to be determined by County Court in England
& Wales or Sheriff Court in Scotland.
your application will be put to the Legal Committee
of the Commission as soon as possible and you will be advised
of the Committee's decision.
Head of Complaints
London & South Region