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So what about this abstract from the guidance booklet:
"– 3.2 You must give details of all criminal convictions both within and outside the United Kingdom. These include road traffic offences. Fixed penalty notices (such as speeding or parking tickets) must be disclosed, although will not normally be taken into account unless:"... Am reall
1. I appreciate your confusion. Guidance notes are not the law. They are merely produced to help the public. Essentially, the situation is as the guidance states - fixed penalty notices "will not normally be taken into account". This is because they are not relevant to the issue of "good character" which is the statutory test for citizenship. What the guidance does - and it is not law - is to do a belt and braces job and state you disclose everything. However, this is not the law. Guidance notes do not have the effect of law. They are merely something the government produces to guide the uninitiated. The bot***** *****ne is that fixed penalty notices are not relevant to the statutory test of "good character" which is what the law provides. This is quite simply because fixed penalty notices do not show good character one way or another. The guidance notes are written by some civil servant who is covering his ass! The civil servant doesn't want it to come back and bite him if people decide not to disclose something that someone thinks is relevant. So the civil servant says to disclose everything!!
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