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Spent Convictions

Securing employment or training, and the ability to rebuild a life after committing an offence, is crucial to breaking the cycle of offending. Effective spent convictions legislation has a major role to play in removing barriers to the reintegration of former offenders and prisoners who have demonstrated that they have moved on from past offending behaviour.

For information on whether the Spent Convictions legislation signed into law in February and commenced end April 2016 applies to you, please see Citizens Information.

If this does not answer your question, please contact the Department of Justice - contact details here.

With thanks to SpunOut.ie we have produced a short information video on Spent Convictions (for convictions received for offences committed over 18). 

For questions about the Garda Vetting 'Admin Filter', please contact the Garda Central Vetting Unit.

IPRT has been campaigning for robust and extensive Spent Convictions legislation to be introduced in Ireland since 2007. You can read all about our work and recent developments below.

Offences committed under age 18?

Under Section 258 of the Children Act 2001, offences committed by those under eighteen years of age can be expunged from the record once certain conditions are met. See here.

With thanks to SpunOut.ie, we also have a short information video on Expungement of Convictions (for convictions received for offences committed under 18).

Information on: Spent Convictions and Expungement of Convictions 20th November 2017

IPRT has launched two information sheets entitled 'Information on: Spent Convictions' and 'Information on: Expungement of Convictions'. Read more

UK: Justice Committee publishes report on disclosure of youth criminal records 27th October 2017

The current system for disclosure of youth criminal records undermines the principles of the youth justice system, says the Justice Committee in a new report published today, 27 October 2017. Read more

Round-Up: IPRT Seminar 'Working with Conviction' 26th September 2017 YouTube

IPRT had a seminar 'Working with Conviction' on Tuesday 26th September 2017 in the Chester Beatty Library, and spent convictions campaign launch. Read more

Irish Legal News: Penal reform group welcomes recommendations on drug decriminalisation and spent convictions 18th July 2017

IPRT has welcomed the National Drugs Strategy’s recommendation that the Government consider decriminalisation of minor drug possession and review spent convictions legislation. Read more

Media Advisory: IPRT welcomes National Drugs Strategy recommendations 17th July 2017

IPRT welcomes National Drugs Strategy recommendations on criminal convictions and alternative sanctions. Read more

Have you experienced issues with getting insurance after a conviction? 11th July 2017

IPRT would like to hear from people who have experienced issues with getting insurance (home/motor/self-employment/other) due to having previous convictions. Anonymity is completely guaranteed. Read more

UK Aeneid Project: Employer-focussed initiative to increase & improve opportunities for those with criminal records 16th March 2017

Nacro is a social justice charity that helps the most vulnerable in the community to change their lives, and reach their full potential and aspirations. The Aeneid project is an employer-focussed initiative aimed at increasing & improving opportunities for those with criminal records. Read more

UK: Department for Work & Pensions & Business in the Community, Guide to Open Recruitment 13th February 2017

'Strengthening your workforce with talent from disadvantaged groups' is the Department for Work & Pension's step-by-step guide to open recruitment, written in partnership with Business in the Community. Read more

The Irish Times: Young people's criminal records 'should be wiped at 25' 2nd February 2017

Article discussing the removal of criminal records for crimes committed while aged 18-25 to help people in gaining employment. Read more

The Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016 has finally commenced 29th April 2016

Minister for Justice and Equality announces the commencement of The Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016 and The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 today. Read more

Spent Convictions Act to commence on the 29th April this year 8th April 2016

The Minister for Justice and Equality announced on Wednesday, 6th April last, that the Act is to be commenced on the 29th April this year. Minister Fitzgerald went into further details of the Spent Convictions Act with regards to the offences that the Act will cover. Read more

Spent Convictions Act 2016 signed into law 12th February 2016

The Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016 was signed into law by President Higgins on 11th Feb 2016. Read more

Passing of Spent Convictions legislation a historic step for Ireland, but could go much further 3rd February 2016

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has today (Wednesday, 3 February 2016) welcomed the passage of the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Bill 2012 through both houses of the Oireachtas. Read more

Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Bill 2012 passed in Dáil 29th January 2016

The 'Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Bill 2012' was passed in the Dáil on Wednesday 27th January 2016. Read more

Spent Convictions Bill 2012: Order for Report, Report and Final Stages 26th January 2016

The 'Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Amendment Bill 2012' is scheduled to return to the Dáil at Order for Report, Report and Final Stages on 27th January 2016. Read more