Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004

3 Overview

(1)

This Act establishes a clean slate scheme to limit the effect of an individual’s convictions in most circumstances (subject to certain exceptions set out in section 19) if the individual satisfies the relevant eligibility criteria.

(2)

If an individual satisfies the relevant eligibility criteria,—

(a)

he or she is deemed to have no criminal record for the purposes of any question asked of him or her about his or her criminal record; and

(b)

he or she has the right to have his or her criminal record concealed by government departments and law enforcement agencies that hold or have access to his or her criminal record.

(3)

A general overview of eligibility under the clean slate scheme is set out in diagrammatic form as follows:

General overview of eligibility under the clean slate scheme