Christopher Stacey

New guide on ROA changes published

Just before the Christmas holidays, we published a brief guide to the planned changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, as enacted by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. It’s available to download as a PDF from the ROA page of our Information Hub.

Although the change to the law has been passed, it will not come into force until the necessary changes to process and systems are in place and the relevant provisions are ‘commenced’. This is expected to be spring 2013. However, in recent months we’ve been receiving more and more enquiries about what the changes will mean for specific situations, so as an interim measure we decided to publish this information. Nevertheless, please note that until the changes are ‘commenced’, the current ROA must be followed. Guidance on this is also available on the above page.

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Taken from Issue 19

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