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Invite to focus group - access to the justice system in Wales

Disability Wales are holding a small focus group on behalf of The Commission on Justice in Wales.

Disabled people are invited to share their experiences of the following: 

  • Using a court as a disabled person – access difficulties for people with any kind of impairment; impact.  When we talk about using a court we mean all types of users.  As well as parties and witnesses this includes staff, lawyers, judges, juries, journalists and members of the public
  • Under-representation of disabled people in employment in the justice system – what are the barriers in accessing training and employment and in accessibility if employed within the justice system?
  • Access to advice services; difficulties and impact
  • Access to legal aid; difficulties and impact
  • Hate crime as it affects disabled people; incidence and response of the justice system
  • Lack of awareness of human rights of disabled people within the justice system
  • Access to justice for people with mental health issues and learning difficulties
  • Exclusion of D/deaf and hearing impaired people from jury service; personal assistants and interpreters not considered to be procedural accommodation
  • Perspectives on what the Commission could recommend in order to remove barriers experienced by disabled people in the justice system.

The focus group will take place on Tuesday 18 June 2pm til 4pm at Disability Wales, Brydon House, Caerphilly Business Park, Van Road, Caerphilly CF83 3GW.