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if your offence is on the list of offences that must be disclosed, make sure either 15 years (if you were 18 or over when convicted) or 7 years and 6 months (if you were under 18 years when convicted) have passed since your conviction
make your application to the sheriff within 3 months of telling Disclosure Scotland you're going to apply
Once you tell Disclosure Scotland you're applying to a sheriff, it cannot send a copy of your disclosure to your countersignatory until the sheriff makes a decision. This may delay an employer from making a job offer.
If you decide not to apply to the sheriff, email Disclosure Scotland (HLC.Release@disclosurescotland.gov.scot) within 10 working days of the date of issue of your disclosure. They can then send the countersignatory copy of your disclosure to the organisation you're applying with.
You must contact Disclosure Scotland within 10 working days to tell them you're withdrawing your application, otherwise the countersignatory's copy of your disclosure will not be available. If you decide after 10 working days to withdraw your application to a sheriff and you still need a disclosure, you'll have to apply again and pay the fee.
About the sheriff's decision
The sheriff's decision is final and will be acted on by Disclosure Scotland. If the sheriff decides to remove a conviction, Disclosure Scotland will do a new criminal record check before they issue another standard, enhanced or PVG disclosure.