Police Prosecution and Access to Justice for People with Disabilities

Weller, P 2019, 'Police Prosecution and Access to Justice for People with Disabilities' in Victoria Colvin and Philip Stenning (ed.) The Evolving Role of the Public Prosecutor, Routledge, Oxon, United Kingdom, pp. 105-120.


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Title Police Prosecution and Access to Justice for People with Disabilities
Author(s) Weller, P
Year 2019
Title of book The Evolving Role of the Public Prosecutor
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Editor(s) Victoria Colvin and Philip Stenning
Start page 105
End page 120
Subjects Law and Society
Summary In Australia, recent reports have documented the disproportionate levels of violence and abuse experienced by people with disabilities, in conjunction with multiple barriers preventing people with disabilities from accessing systems of justice. The reports pay little attention to the role that police and prosecutors could and should play in improving access to justice. This article considers the role of police and prosecutors in light of the obligations contained in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), arguing for the active accommodation of disability in police and prosecution practices, including in the way police and prosecutors respond to people with cognitive impairment who present as both victims and offenders with complex needs. The interrogation of current debates from a human rights perspective reveals underlying contradictions in the way different stakeholders perceive the role of police and prosecutors, pointing to the need for further theoretical and practical interrogation of prosecution work
Copyright notice © 2019 Taylor and Francis
Keyword(s) police
prosecution
CRPD
disability
ISBN 9781138606791
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