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Calculation of rehabilitation periods

Disclaimer: This information is intended for guidance purposes only. It must not be regarded as a definitive interpretation of the Act. For a definitive calculation of your rehabilitation period you are advised to seek professional legal advice.

The rehabilitation period for a conviction may be calculated based upon the table and qualifying statements detailed below.

Conviction typeSentenceRehabilitation periodStart of rehabilitation period
Custodial sentence Custody for a period no longer than 6 months 7 years Date of conviction
Custody for a period longer than 6 months but not more than 12 months 8 years
Custody for a period longer than 12 months but not more than 18 months 9 years
Custody for a period longer than 18 months but not more than 30 months 10 years
Any Fine 5 years Date of conviction
Any Absolute discharge 6 months Date of conviction
 
  • Order for conditional discharge
  • Recognisance to keep the peace or be of good behaviour
  • Probation order
  • Curfew order
  • Attendance centre order
  • Reparation order
1 year or, if longer, end of the sentence Date of conviction
Any
  • Order under section 50 of the Children & Young Persons Act 1966
  • Care order under the Children & Young Persons Acts 1966 to 1990
  • Supervision order under any provision of the Children & Young Persons Acts 1996 to 1990, the Custody Act 1995, or Schedule 9 to the Children & Young Persons Act 2001
1 year or, if longer, end of the sentence Date of conviction
Any Hospital Order under Part 3 of the Mental Health Act 1998 5 years or, if longer, 2 years after the date the hospital order ceases to have effect Date of conviction

Rehabilitation periods for young offenders

Rehabilitation periods for persons under the age of 17 at the time of their conviction will generally be half of those specified above.

Rehabilitation periods for convictions incurred outside of the Island

Rehabilitation periods for convictions incurred outside of the Island will calculated based on the rehabilitation period for its closest matched equivalent on the Isle of Man.

Rehabilitation periods relating to disqualifications, disability and prohibition

Rehabilitation periods relating to:

• Disqualification (for example, disqualified from holding a driving licence);
• Disability (although not defined under the Act, 'disability' may well be considered to be an incapacity in the eyes of the law in relation to the ability of a person to enter into certain transactions or being legally able to act in a certain way);
• Prohibition (for example, prohibited from owning an animal),

commence on the date of conviction and end on the date on which the sentence ceases to have effect.

Later convictions do not extend the rehabilitation periods for these sentences unless they are convictions that occur during the rehabilitation period of the previous offence. In these circumstances neither conviction is spent until the new rehabilitation period has lapsed or they are linked to these sentences (for example, a later conviction for driving while disqualified from driving will extend the rehabilitation period for the disqualification to match that of the later conviction).

It is important to note, however, that a person may be rehabilitated but nevertheless be required to perform some other task. For example, if he or she had been disqualified from driving for a period of time the court may also have required that person to retake his or her driving test before he or she may drive again.

Rehabilitation periods for multiple convictions

For the purpose of calculating the rehabilitation period consecutive terms of custody imposed at the same time will be treated as a single term and the rehabilitation period calculated accordingly (for example, a sentence for 3 months in custody to be served after a sentence of 4 months in custody will mean the total sentence for the purpose of calculating the rehabilitation period is 7 months).

If concurrent sentences are imposed, then the longest applicable rehabilitation period will apply (for example, a 4 month and 6 month prison sentence ordered to run concurrently will count as a single term of 6 months.)

After taking into account the paragraphs above, where one or more sentences are imposed at any one time then the rehabilitation period for these sentences will be calculated as the longest rehabilitation period of any of the sentences.

Rehabilitation periods for suspended sentences

The rehabilitation period for convictions which result in suspended sentences will be the same as if the sentence had not been suspended at the time of the conviction.

Extension or amendment of rehabilitation periods

A rehabilitation period may be restarted for a previously spent conviction if a person is found in breach of probation or conditional discharge linked to that previously spent conviction. The rehabilitation period for a conviction may be extended if a second conviction is incurred while still within the rehabilitation period of the first conviction. In this case, the rehabilitation period for both convictions would now be the rehabilitation period for the second conviction.

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