6.8 Personal information

Third parties, including media, can apply to the Ministry for access to personal information held by the Ministry concerning an individual’s:

  • criminal history
  • criminal convictions
  • fines and enforcement

The individual concerned must give their written consent to the provision of the information. If consent has not been given, the application will be considered in accordance with the Official Information Act 1982 and Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004.

The Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004 overrides other legislation and rules relating to access to court records.

This legislation is designed to allow individuals with less serious convictions who have been conviction-free for at least seven years to put their past behind them. It enables eligible individuals to conceal convictions in most circumstances. More information is available here:

Criminal records

Application forms for access to personal information are available from the District Court or online here:

Criminal records

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