Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
The previous position was that the rehabilitation period was the period of five years from the date of conviction or a period beginning with that date and ending two years after the date on which the hospital order ceases or ceased to have effect, whichever is the longer.
- Guidance on spent convictions etc. Ministry of Justice, 'Updated guidance on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974' (4/3/14) — Is a restricted hospital order spent when the patient is conditionally discharged or when he is absolutely discharged? The Ministry of Justice does not have an official position on the matter, but refers to this guidance document which states that under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 the rehabilitation period of a hospital order, with or without a restriction order, is the "period of the order" (email correspondence, 11/7/19).