Criminal Records (Public Access) Bill (HC Bill 90)




Facilitate access by members of the public to the registers of the Criminal

Records Office.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and

consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present

Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Duties in relation to criminal records

(1) A criminal records office must keep, in electronic form, copies of all

Magistrates’ Courts Registers, and any other registers produced by a court

listing convictions, and must make them accessible to the public.

(2) 5Information held by a criminal records office under subsection (1) shall not be

“personal information” for the purpose of the Freedom of Information Act


(3) In order to comply with the requirements of subsection (1) a criminal records

office must ensure that—

(a) 10the registers it holds are no more than one month out of date at any

time, and

(b) no registers are held for the purposes of this Act which relate to the

period before the day on which this Act is passed.

(4) In this Act—

  • 15“a criminal records office” means the Criminal Records Bureau or any

    successor body with similar statutory functions to the Criminal

    Records Bureau;

  • “Magistrates’ Courts Registers” are those registers held in accordance

    with the Criminal Procedure Rules made under the Courts Act 2003.

2 20Financial provisions

There is to be paid out of money provided by Parliament any expenditure incurred in

consequence of this Act by a Minister of the Crown, government department or other

public authority.

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3 Short title, commencement and extent

(1) This Act may be cited as the Criminal Records (Public Access) Act 2011.

(2) This Act comes into force on the day on which it is passed.

(3) This Act extends to England and Wales only.