Ogletree Deakins on 19th April published an article saying that the UK government has lost its case defending the multiple convictions rule, which requires an individual to disclose all spent convictions if he or she has 2 or more such convictions.  The principle that convictions can become spent, and so do not normally require disclosure, does not apply when someone has 2 or more convictions.  The case involved a woman convicted on a petty shoplifting offence from decades before, and a charge of failing to answer bail for the same offence.  The Supreme Court ruled that the multiple convictions rule was “disproportionate” and “wrong in principle,” with the result that the government will need to disapply the rule.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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