St. Kitts and Nevis Government amends Criminal Records Act to address shortfalls in the legislation

Source: SKNVibes

The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has followed through on its commitment to table legislations in the National Assembly to address a number of inconsistencies and to permit the Court to expunge the criminal records of persons convicted in the past of minor cannabis-related offences.

This was done through the passage of the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) (Amendment) Bill, 2023, in the National Assembly on February 08, 2023.

The purpose of the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) (Amendment) Bill, 2023, was to amend the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act to expand the offences by which convicted persons’ criminal records can be expunged to include cultivation of five (5) or less cannabis plants or cultivation such that the convicted person was fined or sentenced for imprisonment for less than three years.

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