Disability and the Criminal Justice System


Chancellor Day Hall NCDH 202, 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

Our first Disability, Human Rights and the Law Series seminar for 2015-2016 looks at the experience of persons with disabilities in the criminal justice system as victims of crime, as accused persons and as witnesses. In these roles, persons with disabilities face societal, institutional and financial barriers to the support and resources they need to report crimes, face prosecution and testify. For instance, victims with disabilities may not report crimes because of their dependence on the abuser for basic needs. As accused persons and as witnesses, people with disabilities often encounter numerous barriers to effectively accessing justice.

Moderated by Professor Marie Manikis, this seminar will explore these challenges and identify best practices and realistic proposals for improving access to justice for persons with disabilities.

This workshop has been accredited by the Barreau du Québec for 1.5 hours of continuing legal education (No. 10104747). No registration required.


  • Justice Patrick Healy - Judge, Court of Quebec
  • Bekithemba Mlauzi, LLM Candidate, McGill Faculty of Law
  • Laurent Morissette, Vice-President, RAPLIQ

Organized by the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism.

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