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Judges sensitized on protocols for persons with disabilities

Court Management Services | 2016-03-23 00:00:00

Parish Court Judges are now better equipped to relate to members of the disabled community, especially persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. A sensitization workshop, held under the theme ‘Strengthening Communication Accommodation for D/deaf clients in the Criminal Justice System’ was facilitated by Deaf Kidz International.

Members from the Police Link Officers for Deaf people (PLOD) from the United Kingdom shared best practices from their jurisdiction, as well as protocols on how to relate to persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and also their experience of establishing communication support services for D/deaf persons.

The Honourable Mrs. Justice Zaila McCalla OJ, Chief Justice of Jamaica, speaking at the event, welcomed the workshop, citing the opportunity it afforded to ‘highlight and discuss some of the challenges facing the deaf and or persons who are hard of hearing within the Court System’. Chief Justice McCalla went on to underscore that ‘the justice system must ensure that we understand and address the challenges being faced by these individuals if access to justice is to be achieved by all’.

At present there is an arrangement with the Jamaica Association for the Deaf to provide an interpreter for such persons who have matters before the courts. Chief Justice McCalla pledged her support for the development of a more equitable and effective system of communication in our Justice System for persons with disabilities.

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