Duncan Lewis

Romford Office

Crime and Civil cases

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A long pending anomaly is going to be set right by the Home Office which would remove names of men convicted for consensual gay sex

Date: (4 September 2012)    |    

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The Home Office is to begin correcting a glitch in the criminal record system from October which would allow thousands of men with historic convictions for consensual gay sex make applications to have records against them deleted.
Until now several people who wanted to work in roles which required a background checks, including volunteering, have been discouraged for fear of having to disclose offences that were de-criminalised long ago in 1967.
The change was made in the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, which was given royal assent on 1May.
The application process to set right the anomaly would be taken by the Home Office which would work along with the HM Courts and Tribunals Service and the Association of Chief Police Officers to run the application process.
The final decision on each case would lie with the home secretary after each case has been given proper consideration by caseworkers. Successful applicants would have their records updated so that the offence would not appear on the criminal records certificate or be referred to in any future court proceedings.