Since the High Court ruling in January, which found that the current criminal record disclosure scheme for standard/enhanced checks was disproportionate, lots of people have been asking us what would happen next. We’re now in a position to say that the Government has appealed against the High Court ruling (which to some extent we expected) –

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              Christopher  Stacey speaks to Radio Stoke about the continuing problem of old/minor convictions showing up on criminal record checks . You can listen to the programme here ( 1hr 22 minutes in and available until 10th  June 2016)

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              A child who has offended in England and Wales is shackled to the mistakes of their past by a criminal record system which is punitive, and holds them back from reaching their full potential, according to a report released today by the Standing Committee for Youth Justice (SCYJ).

We are delighted with the news that the High Court has declared the Government’s criminal records disclosure scheme  incompatible with Article 8 of the Human Rights Act. The judgment relates to the rule that anyone who has more than one conviction on their criminal record – regardless of the minor nature of the offences, how long

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Press Release – 22nd January 2016 The High Court has today declared the Government’s criminal records disclosure scheme incompatible with Article 8 of the Human Rights Act. The judgment relates to the rule that anyone who has more than one conviction on their criminal record – regardless of the minor nature of the offences, how

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On the day that Unlock attended the The High Court to support a  legal challenge to the governments criminal records disclosure scheme, Chris Stacey talks to Radio 5 Live about criminal record checks and the impact they can have. You can listen to the programme here ( 48 minutes in and available until 6th January

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The High Court will tomorrow hear a legal challenge, with the support of Unlock, to the Government’s criminal records disclosure scheme. There are two cases being heard on Tuesday 8th December, both focusing on how the system forces people with more than one conviction to disclose them forever when applying for areas of work that involve standard or enhanced

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In September, the Scottish Government announced a consultation on a Remedial Order that they’d brought into force on the 10th September. This, in practice, brought into force a filtering process that applied to standard and enhanced checks processed by Disclosure Scotland, similar to the filtering process operated by the Disclosure & Barring Service. Although our

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We’ve submitted our written response to the consultation by the Department of Justice Northern Ireland on plans to introduce a filtering review process for criminal record checks in Northern Ireland. Broadly, we support the plans, but urge the Northern Ireland Assembly to go further, in the same way that we continue to urge the UK Government to

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We’ve written an article for Inside Time on the ‘filtering of convictions. You can read the article here.

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Following on from the Supreme Court judgement in T, we’ve been looking to pull together examples of where the DBS ‘filtering’ process doesn’t go far enough. In short, the Supreme Court ruling applied specifically to the system in place before May 2013, when no filtering process existed. Since then, the DBS has introduced a system set up by

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Our Christopher Stacey has written a piece for the blog Left Foot Forward, arguing that the requirements for life-long disclosure of minor cautions are disproportionate. You can read the article here.

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