Experiences of disabled defendants and accused at the pre-trial stage: survey for defendants, accused and their supporters


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We want to hear about the experiences of people with cognitive impairments, mental health conditions or neuro-diverse conditions who have been accused of a crime. We would also like to hear from the people who support them. If you or someone you support requires an Easy Read version of the survey, please contact criminaljusticesysteminquiry@equalityhumanrights.com.

We want to understand about the experiences of people in the early stages of the criminal justice system. That is, after they have been charged with a crime and are being prosecuted for it, but before they have been through trial. We are particularly interested in people’s experiences from 1st January 2017 onwards as we are interested in assessing how new technologies are impacting on people’s experiences.

Your survey responses will form part of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s inquiry into whether the criminal justice system treats disabled people fairly. The responses will be collated by Justice Studio (an independent research company) and used to present findings and recommendations to the UK government.

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All answers to this survey are anonymous and will not be used to identify you, you do not need to provide us with your name, and SmartSurvey will not record your IP address or any other details about your computer. Because there is no way of identifying the people responding to this survey, once you begin answering questions it is not possible to withdraw your responses. Please consider this before beginning the survey.
The data collected from this survey will be processed by Justice Studio and shared with the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The data will not be shared with anyone else unless we are legally required to, for example in the event of a court order.

All information will be recorded and stored in line with the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s privacy notice and used only for the purposes of this inquiry.

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