DISCLOSURE PERIODS RELATING TO SCOTLAND AND NORTHERN IRELAND

Sentence

Rehabilitation period

NOTE: Sentences over 2 and half years are NEVER deemed to be spent and must always be disclosed

Age 18 or over when convicted

Age 17 or under when convicted

Prison sentences of 6 months or less, including suspended sentences, youth custody (abolished in 1988) and detention in a young offender institution

7 years

3 and half years

Prison sentences of more than 6 months to 2 and half years, including suspended sentences, youth custody (abolished in 1988) and detention in a young offender institution

10 years

5 years

Borstal (abolished in 1983)

7 years

7 years

Detention Centres (abolished in 1988)

3 years

3 years

Fines (even if subsequently imprisoned for fine default), compensation, probation (for convictions on or after 3 February 1995), community service, combination, action plan, curfew, drug treatment and testing and reparation orders

5 years

2 and half years

Absolute discharge

6 months

6 months

With some sentences, the rehabilitation period varies:

Sentence

Rehabilitation Period

Conditional discharge or bind-over, probation (for convictions before 3 February 1995), supervision, care-orders

1 year or until the order expires (whichever is longer)

Attendance centre orders

1 year after the order expires

Hospital orders )with or without a restriction order)

5 years or 2 years after the order expires (whichever is longer)

Referral Order

Once the order expires

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