Offenders on sex register for life to get appeal right


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Thousands of sex offenders in England and Wales are set to be given the right to appeal against having their names on the sex offenders register for life.
A government source told the BBC it had no choice but to adopt the change following a Supreme Court ruling.
Last April the court ruled offenders should have the right to prove they had changed and so be taken off the list.
Only individuals sentenced to more than 30 months for a sex-related crime are placed on the register for life.
There are currently about 20,000 sex offenders in the UK who have received such sentences.
Those in line to be able to seek to have their names and addresses removed from the register include paedophiles and rapists.
The government source said: "We have no choice but to implement the Supreme Court judgement. There is no right of appeal."
Test cases Last year, two convicted sex offenders used human rights laws to challenge the system and won the right to appeal against their inclusion on the register.
The two offenders were a teenager convicted of rape and a 59-year-old man guilty of indecent assault.
The teenage boy, known only as F, had been jailed for 30 months in October 2005, aged 11, for raping a six-year-old boy.
The second case involved a man named Angus Aubrey Thompson who was jailed in 1996 for five years.
Both the offenders said permanent inclusion on the sex offenders register with no chance of a review was a disproportionate interference in their family lives.
In the case of F, he said he had been prevented from taking a family holiday abroad and from playing rugby league.
At the time, Lord Phillips, president of the Supreme Court, said: "It is obvious that there must be some circumstances in which an appropriate tribunal could reliably conclude that the risk of an individual carrying out a further sexual offence can be discounted to the extent that continuance of notification requirements is unjustified."
The BBC's political correspondent Gary O'Donoghue said the ruling meant ministers were now "committed to introducing a review process".
"They were due to bring proposals forward around now to amend the Sexual Offences Act 2003 but government sources have told the BBC an appeal system won't be introduced to Parliament until the spring," he said.
He added the move was likely to infuriate backbenchers on both sides of the Commons who last week registered their disapproval over plans to give prisoners the vote in elections following legal decisions based on human rights laws.
The Scottish government has already brought forward plans to allow convicted adults to seek a review after 15 years on the sex offenders register.
Also those placed on the register when under 18 years old can seek a review after eight years.
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