Film clip 5 (05:42 mins)
Four people with learning disabilities talk about their experiences of going to court, what might have helped and how their learning disabilities could have been raised in court.
Certain terminology, names and organisations are referred to and these are described below:
A learning disability can be a ‘hidden disability’, which means there are often no visual clues. Many people with learning disabilities will try to hide their condition for fear of ridicule or embarrassment. They may try to appear the same as everyone else. It is possible for someone with learning disabilities to appear in court without anyone having recognised his or her condition or particular support needs.
There are some signs that you can look out for that might suggest that a defendant has a learning disability. A defendant with learning disabilities might:
The Prison Reform Trust interviewed people with learning disabilities to find out about their experiences of being a defendant in court, and this is what they said:
[Note: interviewees referred to magistrates as judges.]
For further information on the Prison Reform Trust:
Phone 020 7251 5070Email firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on Rethink Mental Illness:
Phone 0300 5000 927Email email@example.com
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