Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

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Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

An Act of (UK) Parliament, which allows as a public policy some criminal convictions to be “spent” after a rehabilitation period (RP), so those convicted of relatively minor offence aren’t faced with lifelong effects of past transgressions.

The RP is determined by the sentence, and begins on the date of the conviction. If there has been no further conviction during the RP, the conviction is spent and, with certain exceptions, need not be disclosed by the ex-offender in any context such as job applications, obtaining insurance, or in civil proceedings. For adults (over 18), the RP is 5 years for non-prison sentences, 7 years for prison sentences of up to 6 months, and 10 years for prison sentences of up to 2 years; convictions are never spent for prison sentences of more than 2 years. For offenders under 18, the RP is usually half that for adults.
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The book details the law on everything from defamation and the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act to contempt of court and privacy.
Three judges, headed by the Master of the Rolls, Lord Dyson, said that neither the disclosure provisions of the Police Act 1997 nor those of an order made pursuant to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 were compatible with Article 8, which relates to private and family life.
Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act all crimes where the sentence was less than two and a half years in prison can be ignored after a specified amount of time.
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions)(Scotland) Amendment Order 2010, SSI 2010/243.
Ordinarily, criminal convictions become spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act after that amount of time.
As part of this inquiry we have become aware of Mr Copland's previous convictions; however these incidents occurred 23 years ago and resulted in a two-year prison sentence, so were spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.
The Criminal Records Bureau only makes criminal history information available to authorised organisations, that is, organisations representing professions and occupations specified in the Exceptions Order to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (UK) c 53.
Stuart Rosser, chief executive said: 'The cabinet recommended a review of all posts within the authority to identify which were exempted from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and should therefore be subject to a check.
The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act does not apply to United States visa law.
Unless the job involves children you will not have to disclose anything as you are classed as a rehabilitated person under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
I said that under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act the crimes were spent and no one need know about them.
QA An employee giving a reference must not: give any information about |convictions that are spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, unless the job in question is exempted; maliciously make false |statements; negligently make a wrong |statement.

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