Introduction

This consultation forms a crucial part of the review of the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016 (‘the 2016 Act’) by the Department of Justice.

What is a Spent Conviction?

A spent conviction is one that you no longer have to disclose, provided you meet the relevant criteria.

If you have completed a sentence following a criminal conviction you should be reintegrated into society.

However, in certain situations you may need to disclose your criminal convictions and this can have a negative effect on your employment prospects and on other aspects of your life. For example; entering certain professions, obtaining a licence such a public service vehicle or getting insurance cover.

However, there are some situations where certain offences can be removed from the record, or may not have to be disclosed after a period of time. These are called spent convictions.

Why are spent convictions under review now?

We are trying to make improvements in our spent convictions legislation.  This is one element in a wider suite of measures across several areas of Government, which are designed to promote rehabilitation and reduce the chances of people returning to criminality.

These measures will span across policies, operational areas, law enforcement, educational and social measures designed to support a safe, fair and inclusive society, where those who have broken the law are required to face justice but be provided with a real opportunity for reform and return to society as law abiding and productive citizens.

What we want you to do

We rely on your feedback to help ensure that Ireland’s legislation on spent convictions is fit for purpose and is effective in ensuring justice for victims, safety for communities and provides a genuine opportunity for rehabilitation and reform for former offenders.

For more details on Spent Convictions in Ireland, which may help inform your responses, please read more here.

Thank you for sharing your views with us.
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