Are the courts denying people with learning disabilities a fair hearing?
Appearing in court as a witness or worse still a victim is daunting enough as it is, but if you’re struggling to understand what’s going on through no fault of your own then it’s a much bigger ordeal. An investigation by BBC Scotland has highlighted particular difficulties in the courtroom for people with learning disabilities. For some it’s an issue of understanding the proceedings…others may have trouble communicating…and it's raised the question as to whether some people have learning disabilities that are so severe that they will never see justice done. All this coincides with a summit taking place in Edinburgh this lunchtime to explore the problems the justice system poses for people with disabilities. Ken MacDonald can explain more
And if you'd like to hear the full investigation by BBC Scotland's Ken Macdonald, it is available on the BBC iplayer. You can find it at www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland on the Morning extra programme.
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