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Quashing convictions after 5 years

In the UK minor convictions are quashed after 6 years provided no more are committed in between. The Law Reform Commission has recommended the same be done here. Will this happen soon? PG

Hi PG.  

 

The law in the UK is not that the convictions are quashed but it means that they are not taken into account in subsequent cases.   

 

In Ireland the courts generally ignore offences over 5 years if there has been good behaviour in between and the Law Reform Commission has recommended that the UK example be followed.   

 

Many of the Law Reform Commission recommendations are lying unattended by the Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform and in fact the Law Reform Commission itself may be abolished under the current cut-backs.  

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