What is a substantial criminal record?

You will have a substantial criminal record if you were:

  • sentenced to death or life imprisonment
  • sentenced to prison for more than 12 months
  • sentenced to two or more terms of imprisonment, where the total of those terms is 12 months or more (this includes all terms of imprisonment, including those that are to be served concurrently)
  • acquitted of an offence on the grounds of unsoundness of mind or insanity and, as a result, been detained in a facility or institution
  • found by a court not to be fit to plead in relation to offence but found to have committed the offence and as a result detained in a facility or institution.

Periods of imprisonment include time spent in periodic detention and court-ordered residential drug rehabilitation schemes.

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