On the 10th March 2014 certain provisions of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 is due to come into force that will made amendments to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (“ROA”).
A number of licensing regimes relies on the provisions of the ROA to determine whether an applicant qualifies for a licence – for example the Licensing Act 2003 in relation to personal licences and Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.
It was reported today that the High Court found, in the case of R (D&D Bar Services Ltd) v Romford Magistrates Court and the London Borough of Redbridge  EWHC 213 Admin, that procedural defects do not automatically render licence review proceedings invalid. This is the first time the High Court has considered this recurring point in the context of the Licensing Act 2003.
The stated aim of the document is to help councils understand the full breadth of issues that should be considered when setting local licence fees in order to meet legal obligations and provide the necessary reassurances to local businesses.