Social media posts referred to police could show up on DBS background checks despite not being a crime – Daily Telegraph

‘Social media posts referred to police but deemed as non-criminal could still show up on DBS background checks.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th November2019

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Spent convictions, underlying conduct and the ‘fit and proper person’ test – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 14th, 2019 in criminal records, housing, licensing, news by tracey

‘James Findlay QC and Riccardo Calzavara report on an Upper Tribunal ruling on spent convictions and the “fit and proper person” test for holding a property licence under the Housing Act 2004.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th November 2019

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Assorted – Licensing and prior offences, RROs and Section 8 Notices – Nearly Legal

‘This appeal was on the issue of whether a local authority and the First Tier Tribunal could take into account previous convictions that were spent under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 in deciding whether an applicant for a Housing Act 2004 licence was a ‘fit and proper person’.’

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Nearly Legal, 10th November 2019

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Police officers illicitly access police computers including checks on a partner’s criminal record – Daily Telegraph

‘Hundreds of police officers and staff have illicitly accessed police databases for their own ends including checking the criminal records of partners. Freedom of Information requests show 237 officers and staff have been disciplined for accessing the highly-sensitive police national computer or other IT systems in the past two years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th November 2019

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Revealed: hundreds of children pushed into adult courts by delays – The Guardian

Posted November 6th, 2019 in children, criminal records, delay, news, young offenders, youth courts by sally

‘Those who turn 18 before first court appearance face tougher treatment regardless of age when they committed offence.’

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The Guardian, 5th November 2019

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Police failing to record thousands of crimes including harassment, stalking, and coercive behaviour, watchdog finds – Daily Telegraph

‘Police forces are failing to record thousands of crimes, including harassment, stalking, and coercive behaviour, a watchdog has found. New figures show a gap between the number of incidents that are reported and the number of incidents that are then logged appropriately.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th October 2019

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Alan Turing law: Gay, unjustly convicted – and now denied a pardon – BBC News

‘Two years ago the “Turing law” was passed to right a historic injustice by pardoning gay men convicted in the past because of their sexuality. But fewer than 200 living people have had their convictions wiped out so far. What’s going wrong?’

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BBC News, 30th September 2019

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Police watchdog warns 35,000 police staff ‘not vetted properly’ – BBC News

‘An estimated 35,000 people working for police forces across England and Wales have not been properly vetted, a police watchdog report has found.’

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BBC News, 27th September 2019

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Child sex abuse inquiry: Victims with criminal records denied compensation – BBC News

‘Survivors of sexual abuse in care homes are denied compensation or have payouts cut because of their own criminal convictions, an inquiry has found.’

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BBC News, 19th September 2019

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Thousands of rape reports inaccurately recorded by police – The Guardian

Posted September 20th, 2019 in consent, criminal records, mental health, news, police, rape, statistics by sally

‘Thousands of reports of rape allegations have been inaccurately recorded by the police over the past three years and in some cases never appeared in official figures, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 19th September 2019

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Offer to settle for no damages was valid under part 36 – Litigation Futures

‘An offer to settle a case for no damages but an admission of liability was a valid part 36 offer and it was not unjust to apply the usual consequences of beating an offer when the claimant won at trial, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th August 2019

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Manchester police have ‘massive backlog’ of uncharged suspects due to IT issue – The Guardian

Posted August 16th, 2019 in computer programs, criminal records, news, police by tracey

‘Police in Greater Manchester have been unable to charge many suspects since the introduction of a new £27m computer system, leading to a massive backlog, lawyers have claimed.’

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The Guardian, 15th August 2019

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Criminal record reform to help ex-offenders into work – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 15th, 2019 in criminal records, disclosure, employment, press releases, rehabilitation by tracey

‘Ex-offenders striving to turn their lives around through work will be backed by new legislation changing what they must disclose to employers.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th July 2019

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Violent offenders avoiding criminal records through controversial community resolutions – Daily Telegraph

‘Violent criminals, burglars and sex offenders are among more than 100,000 people escaping prosecutions each year by opting for community resolutions, according to new figures.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th June 2019

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Criminals could keep records from employers under review by home secretary Sajid Javid – The Independent

Posted April 17th, 2019 in criminal records, disclosure, employment, news by tracey

‘Employers could be kept in the dark about the criminal records of some job applicants under a review of rules by the home secretary. Sajid Javid said the government needs to “look again” at how much is revealed about people who have committed certain crimes when they apply for jobs.’

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The Independent, 17th April 2019

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Retention of crime reports about alleged teenage ‘sexting’ did not breach Article 8 – UK Police Law Blog

‘In R (CL) v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester & Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWHC 3333 (Admin), the Divisional Court held that the retention by the police of crime reports which related to sexting incidents in which a schoolboy had allegedly been involved did not breach his rights under Article 8 ECHR.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 9th April 2019

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Addict solicitor struck off after hiding cocaine offences – Legal Futures

‘An experienced solicitor has been struck off after accepting a caution for possession of banned drugs, failing to report the conviction to the regulator, and misleading police.’

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Legal Futures, 4th March 2019

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Former taxi driver fined for failing to disclose prior convictions and revocation of licence – Local Government Lawyer

‘A former taxi driver has pleaded guilty to four offences of knowingly or recklessly making a false statement or omitting material in an application to a council’s licensing team.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th February 2019

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The Court of Appeal Rolls out the DP Barrel – Panopticon

‘Sometimes a case comes along which, whether through range of issues or over-enthusiastic pleading, seems to touch on more or less every data protection provision going. To this end, at least for the DPA 1998, we give you the lengthy treatise of Sales LJ that is: Cooper v National Crime Agency [2019] EWCA Civ 16.’

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Panopticon, 18th February 2019

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Taxi and private hire drivers to face enhanced checks – BBC News

Posted February 12th, 2019 in criminal records, licensing, news, taxis, vetting by tracey

‘Taxi and private hire drivers could have to pass enhanced criminal record checks under government proposals.’

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BBC News, 12th February 2019

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