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Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Act 2018

Section 1 – Purpose of this Act

5.Section 1 sets out that the purpose of the Act is to acknowledge the wrongfulness and discriminatory effect of past convictions for certain historical sexual offences – as defined by section 2 – by pardoning persons who have been convicted of those offences (in Part 2), and also by providing for a process for those convictions to be disregarded (in Part 3).

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