Supreme court rejects Home Office appeals over disclosure of past convictions

Some people with minor, past convictions may not have to disclose them in future after the government lost a legal challenge aimed at preserving its system of criminal record checks.

In a complex ruling on four separate cases, the supreme court rejected three out of four appeals by the Home Office over the issue of whether those who were found guilty of lesser offences or cautions need to disclose them when seeking employment involving contact with children and vulnerable adults.

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