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247 Effect of probation and absolute discharge.S

(1)Subject to the following provisions of this section, a conviction of an offence for which an order is made [F1discharging the offender] absolutely shall be deemed not to be a conviction for any purpose other than the purposes of the proceedings in which the order is made and of laying it before a court as a previous conviction in subsequent proceedings for another offence.

(2)Without prejudice to subsection (1) above, the conviction of an offender who is F2... discharged absolutely as aforesaid shall in any event be disregarded for the purposes of any enactment which imposes any disqualification or disability upon convicted persons, or authorises or requires the imposition of any such disqualification or disability.

(3)Subsections (1) and (2) above shall not affect any right to appeal.

(4)Where a person charged with an offence has at any time previously been discharged absolutely in respect of the commission by him of an offence it shall be competent, in the proceedings for that offence, to lay before the court the order of absolute discharge in like manner as if the order were a conviction.

(5)Where an offender is discharged absolutely by a court of summary jurisdiction, he shall have the like right of appeal against the finding that he committed the offence as if that finding were a conviction.

F3(6). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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C1Ss. 246, 247 excluded by 2007 c. 27, s. 36A(5)(6) (as inserted (1.3.2016) by Serious Crime Act 2015 (c. 9), s. 88(1), Sch. 1 para. 25; S.I. 2016/148, reg. 3(f))

C5S. 247(1)(2) excluded by 2005 asp 16 s. 129(5) (as inserted (28.3.2011) by Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 13), ss. 24(5), 206(1); S.S.I. 2011/178, art. 2, sch.)

C6S. 247(1) excluded by 2005 asp 16 s. 96(2A) (as inserted (28.3.2011) by Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 13), ss. 24(4), 206(1); S.S.I. 2011/178, art. 2, sch.)

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