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Criminal justice and disabled people - consultation
Do disabled people experience discrimination in the Criminal Justice System?
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) launched a Criminal Justice System Inquiry in March 2019 as an important part of its strategic plan.
The EHRC want to improve access to justice for everyone by ensuring anyone accused of a crime is able to participate effectively in the criminal justice process.
This inquiry is looking at whether people with mental health conditions, cognitive impairments (including problems with a person's thinking, communication, understanding or memory) and neuro-diverse conditions (including autism and ADHD) are experiencing discrimination and being put at risk of miscarriages of justice due to a lack of support.
The EHRC have now launched two surveys for criminal justice professionals, defendants, the accused and their supporters to contribute to the formal inquiry.