Con­di­tions for ‘clean slate’


The ‘‘clean slate’’ law (Crim­i­nal Records Act 2004) will help you put your past be­hind you by giv­ing you the right, in some cir­cum­stances, to with­hold in­for­ma­tion about your con­vic­tions.

To do so you will have to meet a range of con­di­tions to do with your con­vic­tions his­tory.

You must meet all the con­di­tions sum­marised be­low:

No con­vic­tions within the past seven years

Never been sen­tenced to a cus­to­dial sen­tence such as pri­son or cor­rec­tive train­ing

Never been or­dered by a court fol­low­ing a crim­i­nal case to be de­tained in a hos­pi­tal be­cause of a men­tal con­di­tion, in­stead of sen­tenc­ing

Not been con­victed of a ‘‘spec­i­fied of­fence’’, such as sex­ual of­fend­ing against chil­dren and young peo­ple

Have paid in full any fine, repa­ra­tion or costs or­dered by the court in a crim­i­nal case

Never been in­def­i­nitely dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing un­der section 65 Land Trans­port Act

How do I know if I meet the con­di­tions? Do I have to make an ap­pli­ca­tion? The scheme is au­to­matic. This means you do not have to ap­ply for ‘‘ clean slate’’ – it au­to­mat­i­cally hap­pens if the con­di­tions have been met.

You can, how­ever, re­quest a copy of your crim­i­nal record from the Pri­vacy As­sis­tant of the Min­istry of Jus­tice to see if you meet the con­di­tions.

If you have met the con­di­tions, the con­vic­tions will be con­cealed; if you do not meet the con­di­tions, they re­main on your record.

This means they will ei­ther ap­pear or not ap­pear on the copy of your crim­i­nal record.

You can get in­for­ma­tion about ob­tain­ing a copy of your crim­i­nal record and an ap­pli­ca­tion from the Min­istry of Jus­tice web­site ( jus­tice. govt. nz), lo­cal court or from the Cit­i­zens Advice Bureau.

Porirua Cit­i­zens Advice Bureau is open Mon­day to Fri­day, from 9am till 4.30pm and open un­til 7pm on a Thurs­day.

On a Thurs­day night we have a lawyer from Whi­tireia Com­mu­nity Law Cen­tre and a bud­geter from Porirua Bud­get Ser­vice avail­able in ad­di­tion to a CAB vol­un­teer to an­swer any of your ques­tions or con­cerns.

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