CLM's recent submission to the Department of Justice and Equality on the National Disability Inclusion Strategy (mid-term review) highlighted the fact that despite ratification of the UNCRPD, the law remains a remote and inaccessible concept for many, particularly those with intellectual disabilities. We recommended the following:
- Develop guidance and assistance for barristers, solicitors and judges on how to make the courts process accessible and manageable for people with intellectual disabilities
- A court-appointed liaison officer should be available to accompany people with intellectual disabilities, show them around the courtroom prior to the hearing and talk them through the court procedure.
- Collect data on the number of people with intellectual disabilities accessing justice through issuing court proceedings.
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