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16 10, 2017

Criminal Record Sealing and Expungement in England and Wales

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Currently in England and Wales there is no formal process for the “sealing” a criminal record. There is no procedure to apply to a Court to have a criminal record formally sealed so that it is not disclosed. There is also no formal process for expunging a criminal record (other than police records) namely

9 04, 2016

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) makes £169,000 compensation payouts

By |April 9th, 2016|

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), which processes criminal records checks, paid out £169,000 in compensation last year, compared to just £80,000 in the previous 12 months. Payments can be made to people if the delay in issuing their certificate is too long and interferes with them starting a new job, or if something incorrect

8 04, 2016

Bermuda to issue new guidance on the use of Police Cautions

By |April 8th, 2016|Tags: |

The government of Bermuda, a British Overseas Territory, will issue new guidance on the use of police cautions as an alternative to prosecution for minor criminal allegations. Police Caution have been in use in England and Wales for decades and are used as an out of court disposal option designed to provide quick and expedient

8 04, 2016

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Delays causes Problems for Taxi Drivers

By |April 8th, 2016|Tags: |

Dozens of Doncaster taxi drivers have been prevented from working due to delays in the council’s licensing checks. Taxi drivers are calling on the council to take urgent action to deal with the backlog in the licensing process. Taxi drivers must renew their licences every three years in order for enhanced criminal record checks to

7 04, 2016

Police Force accused of issuing too many Cautions for Indecent Images Cases

By |April 7th, 2016|Tags: , |

A children's charity has expressed concern that police are issuing too many cautions for possession of indecent images of children instead of prosecuting. Northumbria police revealed it issued cautions in respect of 94 offenders. The figures were obtained by BBC Newcastle, who found police have issued more than 160 cautions to people for possession of

29 03, 2016

Significant Delays at Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

By |March 29th, 2016|

Significant delays in Scotland Yard’s backlog in criminal record checks leaves many people unable to work, it was claimed today. The force today admitted it was increasing staff to tackle the “high number” of outstanding cases. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), today said the force’s handling of checks

22 01, 2016

Successful appeal in respect of DBS Disclosure of all criminal records where there are two convictions

By |January 22nd, 2016|

The High Court has ruled that the blanket disclosure of all convictions where a person has had two previous convictions is unfair.  The Court said: Having reached the conclusion that the Act in its present form fails to meet ECHR requirements "as to the quality of the law", a decision as to whether the interference