Criminal Records: Rehabilitation

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 21st July 2022.

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Photo of Christine Jardine Christine Jardine Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the reforms to criminal record rehabilitation periods introduced in Part 11 of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022, when he expects to implement those reforms.

Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Assistant Whip, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The measures in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 concerning criminal record rehabilitation periods will require further secondary legislation before the policy can be implemented.

The Home Office have commissioned the Disclosure and Barring Service to make required changes to its IT systems to ensure that DBS certificates fully reflect the provisions within the Act with regard to rehabilitation periods. We expect the work to be completed before the end of 2023. The Ministry of Justice and Home Office will then lay the Statutory Instrument to bring the measures into force, once a specific date of implementation can be confirmed

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