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Which DBS check do I need? – Clerks and Officers of Law Courts

Clerks and officers of law courts in the UK are required to undertake a standard DBS check to verify their suitability for the role.

Working in a position with influence, standard DBS checks for clerks and officers of law courts ensure the public are adequately safeguarded, particularly children and vulnerable adults.

What is a DBS check?

DBS checks are formal criminal record checks carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service. They are necessary to ensure the public are kept safe and vulnerable adults and children are protected.

The 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act sets out all the roles that are subject to a DBS check due to the engagement workers have with the public in role.

A standard DBS check for clerks and officers of law courts will verify whether you have any unspent or spent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings in existence on the Police National Computer.

Due to the nature of this role, clerks and officers of law courts are included in the DBS exceptions list, set out in the 1975 Exceptions Order, which means you have a legal requirement to disclose any spent convictions. If you withhold any information about convictions you will be unable to take up the role.

This type of CRB check can only be requested by your employer. To find out more about DBS checks, the 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and your rights within the law, visit