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Inquiry into access to and interaction with the justice system by people with an intellectual disability and their families and carers

5 Mar 2013
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The Committee was asked to consider the access and interactions that people with an intellectual disability or cognitive impairment have with the justice system.

Committee Chair, Mr Clem Newton-Brown MP said, “Compared to people without a disability, people with an intellectual disability or cognitive impairment are more likely to experience barriers and disadvantages when seeking access to and interaction with the justice system. It is therefore important that the police service, the courts and the legal profession are aware of the needs of people with an intellectual disability or cognitive impairment, and have the right skills to ensure everyone in Victoria has equitable access to justice.”

The Committee also heard that people with a cognitive impairment face similar challenges to people with an intellectual disability when interacting with the justice system, but do not have access to the full range of services available to people with an intellectual disability.

The Committee proposes a number of measures that recognise the important role the police service, the courts and the legal profession play in safeguarding the rights of people with an intellectual disability or cognitive impairment. The report contains 47 recommendations to the Victorian Government.

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