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The accuracy of convictions stored on the Police National Computer (PNC) has been questioned after the courts service apologised when two offences were wrongly recorded against a defendant.



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The error led to a woman who had not at that stage been tried gaining a criminal record for offences relating to a violent crime she denied, and took three months for her lawyers to correct. It was dismissed by HM Courts and Tribunal Service as a “slip”.



a clock tower in the background: The mistakes are understood to have been due to human error when information that updated the PNC was wrongly entered by court staff.


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The mistakes are understood to have been due to human error when information that updated the PNC was wrongly entered by court staff.

The case, which recently came to trial, highlights the fact that mistakes can occur in the system that is supposed to be the ultimate authority on criminal records in England and Wales.

A lawyer involved in the case reported

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