Golding tables Criminal Records Expungement Bill in Senate

Friday, June 27, 2014

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding, has tabled in the Senate a bill allowing for the automatic expungement of convictions for certain minor ganja related offences.
The Bill also makes provision that convictions on minor offences relating to the possession of or smoking ganja shall not be entered on the criminal record of the offender.
The bill has long been anticipated, as both government and opposition members of Parliament have been urging successive governments to introduce the automatic expungement for minor offences.
The Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act, as the Bill is titled, provides that qualified offenders are to be regarded as “rehabilitated” at the end of five years without reoffending, an the convictions considered to be spent. Where the conviction is spent, the offender cannot for most purposes be required to disclose the spent conviction and cannot be prejudiced by it.

Balford Henry


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