Old And Minor Offences No Longer To Be Disclosed On CRB Certificates

The Home Office has announced that it intends to stop certain old and minor cautions and convictions from appearing on criminal record certificates. This follows the Court of Appeal judgment of R (on the application of T) v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester and others [2013] EWCA Civ 25 in January this year, which found that a blanket requirement to disclose all convictions and cautions, regardless of how old they were, was incompatible with the right to privacy under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Under the proposed changes, criminal record certificates would no longer disclose:

Adult convictions which are more than 11 years old, and cautions which are more than 6 years old; For individuals that were under 18 years old at the time of the offence, convictions which are more than 5 and a half years old, and cautions which are more than 2 years old. However, these changes would not affect certain specified offences or offences that resulted in a custodial sentence. In addition, individuals...

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