1991 | Spent convictions

ON THIS DAY in 1991, the NSW Criminal Records Act 1991 commenced.

The Act implemented a scheme to limit the effect of a person’s previous conviction for a relatively minor offence if the person completes a period of crime-free behaviour. On the completion of the period, the conviction is regarded to be spent and, subject to some exceptions, not to form part of the person’s criminal history.

Peter O’Grady
BA, LLB, Grad Cert Leg Prac, Acc Spec Lawyer