Do you have any unspent criminal convictions?
This is a question from the form (for the CRB) I am filling in right now - to be checked for the permission to work face-to-face with visually impaired people.
This is a very formal document.
Why they use unspent in the context?
I’ve never met the word used in such a way…
In my view, spent is relevant to resources only (money, time,…), whereas a ‘conviction’ isn’t the case.