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Which DBS check do I need? – Judicial Appointment

To take up a judicial appointment in the UK, you will be subject to a statutory criminal record check called a DBS check.

A DBS check for a judicial appointment is a standard DBS check. All DBS checks are carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service under terms set out in the 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

The purpose of the act is to keep the public, particularly children and vulnerable adults, safe.

A standard DBS check for a judicial appointment will involve a search to verify whether you have any unspent or spent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings in existence on the Police National Computer.

The influential nature of the role and degree of contact you will have with the public, mean this mid-level CRB check is a mandatory part of the recruitment process for all judicial appointments in the UK.

Due to the significance of the position, under the 1975 Exceptions Order, you must disclose any spent you have. Failure to disclose any information during the search will prevent you from working in the role.

Find out more about standard DBS checks and your legal rights at: hub.unlock.org.uk/rehabilitationofoffendersact