CLM welcomed the opportunity to make a submission to the Courts Service in relation to the consultation process on its Digitally-Enabled Long-Term Strategy. CLM took the opportunity to recommend that the Service is fully accessible to persons with intellectual disabilities in vindication of their rights, particularly in view of the increased obligations introduced by the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which comes into force on 19th April 2019.
Our submission sets out some of the barriers currently experienced by users of the Courts Service who have an intellectual disability, illustrated by the experience of one of our clients. We recommend that such users be consulted fully in the design and implementation of the Long Term Strategy. You can read our submission here.