Criminal record spending periods are changing under the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act
Big news! The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Act will change the length of time that many convictions show on basic criminal record checks. This means that your conviction may be spent sooner than you thought, even if you received a prison sentence of over four years.
Parliament passed the Act in April 2022. The criminal record changes haven’t come into effect yet due to delays in updating IT systems. However, the changes are expected to come into effect at the end of October 2023. That’s this month!
Shorter spending periods for most convictions
Spent convictions for prison sentences over four years
For the first time ever, many prison sentences of over four years can also eventually become spent. However, the new legislation considers the nature of the offence when determining whether it can become spent. Disclosure for serious violent, sexual and terrorist offences will not change. A list of these offences can be found here.
Event to learn more about the changes
To learn more about the changes and how they may affect you, please join us for a special event from 5-6pm on 30th October. Please provide an overview of the changes, with plenty of time to ask questions. Click the button below to RSVP.
Why you should attend
- Learn about the changes to criminal record disclosure under the PCSC Act
- Find out if your conviction may be spent sooner than you thought
- Ask questions and get help from our experts