Do-It-Yourself or DIY Pardons or Record Suspensions May Have Benefits
But… here are three reasons to avoid doing your pardon application on your own:
1) No Pardon application can be done for free. If you have completed the application and made a mistake, this can waste 2 years of time and the money you put into it.
2) If you do not have experience reading court documents and police documents you will not realize that mistakes could have been made at these agencies. The Parole Board of Canada will automatically return the application stating there is a mistake but do not take the time to explain what it is or how to ﬁx it.
3) Dealing with government ʻred tapeʼ is extremely frustrating. Considering the number of documents required in a Pardon application, the chance of making an error is very high. People wanting a Pardon do so for a speciﬁc reason, such as obtaining employment, and cannot afford to wait years for their pardon to be granted. Once your application has been returned, the onus is on you to ﬁgure out how to ﬁx it.