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How convictions can become spent

Information about how convictions become spent

How convictions can become spent

Convictions can become spent:

  • immediately, or
  • from the date any conditions on the penalty have been met, or
  • automatically once the ‘conviction period’ has passed

'Serious convictions' can only become spent upon a successful application to the Magistrates' Court. There are exceptions some exceptions to this such as:

  • where a conviction was not recorded, or
  • where the conviction can never become spent.