The best practice guidance produced by Benchmark promotes the principles contained within Article 13 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Article 13 (Access to Justice) refers to a legal system that is designed to be accessible for all and where specifically required, reasonable accommodations are provided to ensure the effective participation of disabled people.
Published: December 2018
(a) Universal design (Art 4(f)): defined as the design of products, environments, programmes and services to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialised design.
(b) Elimination of discrimination (Art 4(e)): which includes the denial of reasonable accommodations (Art 2), defined as the necessary and appropriate modification and adjustments not imposing a disproportionate or undue burden, where needed in a particular case, to ensure to persons with disabilities the enjoyment or exercise on an equal basis with others of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.
(c) Article 12: Equal Recognition before the Law and
(d) Article 13: Access to Justice.
(a) State 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.
(b) 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.
For more detailed information refer to the full guideline [link].