/The Equality Act 2010 requires public authorities, including courts, +to seek to ensure that discrimination against disabled people does not occur. This could be by making ‘reasonable adjustments’ to existing provision and ensuring that future provision is accessible to people with disabilities. Courts are expected to make any reasonable adjustments necessary for people with disabilities to enable them to participate effectively in court proceedings.
Although reasonable adjustments are ‘personal’ to the individual there are a number of common adjustments, concerned with communication and comprehension, that can help defendants with mental health conditions or learning disabilities. One example of a reasonable adjustment is communicating in a different way, see Section 11e: Communication in court. Another example is Easy Read which is described in Box 1, below.
Box 1: Easy Read
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