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Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020

Section 9: Non-disclosable convictions

26.Section 9 defines the term “non-disclosable conviction”. A non-disclosable conviction will not be included in a Level 2 disclosure. To be non-disclosable, a conviction must be spent. It must also either (i) be for an offence that does not appear on either List A or List B (schedules 1 and 2 of the Act), or (ii) be for an offence that appears on List B and meet one of three conditions. The conditions are that: (a) the disposal was an admonition or absolute discharge; (b) the conviction was a childhood conviction and at least 5 years and 6 months have passed since the date of conviction; (c) the conviction was not a childhood conviction and at least 11 years have passed from the date of conviction. Ministers can modify the offence lists in schedules 1 and 2 by regulations. Section 91(2) specifies that these are to be made by regulations subject to the affirmative procedure.(4)

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‘Affirmative regulations’ means a type of secondary legislation that must be approved by the Scottish Parliament before it is made. Information about secondary legislation in the Scottish Parliament can be found here: https://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/26510.aspxBack [1]

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