12th February 2016
It has been a very long journey for IPRT - and for the tens of thousands of people affected - but the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016 was signed into law by President Higgins on 11th Feb 2016. You can read the actual wording of the legislation here.
[Note: the legislation will not come into operation until the Minister for Justice signs an order, anticipated April 2016.]
Overall, it is a mixed victory for IPRT. While we welcomed the passing of the legislation on 4th February 2016, we are disappointed that it did not go further – too many people will not benefit from the legislation.
Although IPRT will continue to push for a better spent convictions scheme, review of the legislation in the short term is unlikely. Instead, we will be campaigning for an extension to the existing spent convictions scheme for under-18s to apply to offences committed up to age 21 or 24.
For questions about whether the legislation will apply to your convictions, or about specific circumstances (travel, citizenship, licensing, etc.) please contact the Department of Justice: +353 1 6028202 / Lo-Call: 1890 221 227
Activities by IPRT:
TDs/Senators who showed particular support for our work in this area:
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.