591. Objectives of the legislation.

The objectives of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 are to rehabilitate offenders who have not been reconvicted of any serious offence for periods of time and to penalise the unauthorised disclosure of their previous convictions or cautions1. Subject to a number of specified exceptions2, a person who has become a rehabilitated person for the purposes of the Act in respect of a conviction3 is to be treated for all purposes in law as a person who has not committed or been charged with or prosecuted for or convicted of or sentenced