This section is dedicated to An Garda Síochána members who would like to access “Disability Awareness Training” materials.
The ICJDN is a pathway for a collaborative and multi-disciplinary response to improve access to justice for people with disabilities. We are unique in addressing the needs of victims, witnesses, suspects and offenders. We are engaged in ongoing work with all relevant stakeholder to identify and address the gaps within the Criminal|Civil Justice System including training and education.
UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Article 13 – Access to justice
1. States Parties shall ensure effective access to justice for persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others, including through the provision of procedural and age-appropriate accommodations, in order to facilitate their effective role as direct and indirect participants, including as witnesses, in all legal proceedings, including at investigative and other preliminary stages.
2. In order to help to ensure effective access to justice for persons with disabilities, States Parties shall promote appropriate training for those working in the field of administration of justice, including police and prison staff.
Following our recent Roundtable Discussion held in the Law Society, the ICJDN published their Report entitled “Towards Better Pathways and a Mutual Understanding – Access to Justice for People with Disabilities” detailing the outcomes and recommendations.
We would like to extend a special thank you to all of the participants who took part in the Roundtable Discussion. We also wish to acknowledge those organisations and individuals who were not in a position to attend on the day but who have indicated their interest in participating in the work of the ICJDN and we look forward to collaborating with you.
We also very much appreciate the practical support and assistance provided to us by BNest and the Law Society of Ireland.
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