Government loses criminal records disclosure appeal

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The Court of Appeal has rejected the Government’s appeal to a decision of the High Court, which ruled that the criminal records disclosure scheme was disproportionate and unlawful.

Reporting on the news, The Law Society Gazette said that the government will have to go back to the drawing board. In the article, Christopher Stacey of Unlock explained that the charity is contacted by thousands of people every year because they are being unnecessarily anchored to their past as a result of a criminal record disclosure system and DBS filtering process which is blunt, restrictive and disproportionate. You can read the full article here.

Personnel Today also reported that the government will have to rethink the criminal record disclosure rules following the defeat. Featuring in their article, Christopher Stacey urged the next Government to take immediate steps to respond to the ruling by reforming the criminal records system. You can read the full article here.

Christopher also featured on Sky News  where he welcomed the Court of Appeal’s decision.


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1 Comment to “ Government loses criminal records disclosure appeal”

  1. Michael Byrne says :

    I have not seen any evidence advanced by the Government that ancient, minor criminal convictions represent an increased likelihood, compared with citizens with no criminal record, that someone will reoffend in any way at all, let alone against vulnerable adults or children. Perhaps the Government simply wishes to attract the votes of the ignorant and spiteful among the electorate.