R (on the application of P, G and W) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and another; R (on the application of P) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and others

Police – Disclosure of information. In response to the respondents' submissions regarding the current scheme of disclosure under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, as amended, and the Police Act 1997, as amended, and the corresponding legislation in Northern Ireland, the Supreme Court held that, they were in accordance with the law for the purposes of art 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and, that the categories employed in that scheme were not disproportionate, subject to two exceptions, namely the multiple conviction rule and warnings and reprimands administered to young offenders. Against that background, the Supreme Court dismissed: (i) the appeal brought by the Secretary of State (Northern Ireland) in the case of LG; and (ii) the appeals brought by the Secretary of State for the Home Department in the cases of P and G. However, the Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeal, Civil Division's judgment in W's case on the basis that it was legitimate to include assault occasioning harm among the offences which were sufficiently serious to require disclosure.

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