AdaptJust- Accessible Justice for people with disabilities

About the project:

People with disabilities are confronted with a reduced access to the justice system than others when they need to signal an injustice or a breach of their rights. In this context, it becomes necessary to eliminate all the legislative and technical obstacles so that people with disability can have a total access to the mechanisms that could allow them to file complaints in the courts of justice. The actual legal framework does not allow to adapt the administrative procedures that come with the act of justice nor the access to legal assistance or to a free or at least cheaper legal representation. At the same time, the persons working in the justice system are not trained to understand the needs of the persons with disabilities making these persons become vulnerable in their efforts to access justice.

Today, Romania has around 17.500 persons with disabilities that are still in the state’s specialised institutions and around 56,6 percent have a mental disability. The UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD), ratified in Romania through the Law no. 221/2010, recognises the right of all these persons to have free access to justice, equally to others, and forces the Romanian authorities to implement the necessary measures to train all the actors involved in the act of justice. 
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LATEST NEWS AND EVENTS

Money factories disguised as “private care and assistance centres” 25.01.2023 - The multiple violations of the rights of people with disabilities that the Centre for Legal Resources identified during monitoring visits to the Care and Assistance Centre for Adults with Disabilities “Sfântul Gabriel cel Viteaz”, Voluntari, Ilfov County, are brought to public attention, where they belong, with the support of journalists Ovidiu Vanghele – Media Investigation […]
National Training Session: Rules of the Committee of Ministers concerning the supervision of ECHR judgments against Romania in respect of the rights of persons with disabilities and/or mental health problems 17.01.2023 - Romania is condemned by ECHR judges for violating the rights of people with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities, especially in the areas of access to health services, dignified life in the community, access to justice, arbitrary deprivation of liberty, inhuman and degrading conditions of treatment, family life and child rearing and care. In order to respond […]
AdaptJust Wrapped – What have we done 5.01.2023 - Considering everything that we’ve done until now, we found it necessary to offer everyone a summary of what it meant to organise 12 courses across the entire country, with the help of our interdisciplinary team. Why did we consider it necessary to have such a large horizon? The subjects discussed were various and, given the […]
Debate on the rights of people with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities for the elaboration of the National Action Plan – press release, 12 December 2022 13.12.2022 - The Centre for Legal Resources (CLR) and the Commission for Human Rights, Equal Opportunities, Cults and Minorities of the Romanian Senate organised on 12 December 2022 the national debate on the Government’s obligation to implement the ECHR rulings on the rights of persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities through the elaboration of the National Action […]
Simplified text for people with disabilities – AdaptJust – Accessible justice for people with disabilities 24.11.2022 - What is AdaptJust?The AdaptJust project is a project run by the Centre for Legal Resources (CRJ) in partnership with the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the High Court of Cassation and Justice. AdaptJust is a project that aims to make it easier for people with intellectual disabilities and/or mental health problems to access justice. The project […]
Romania’s psychiatric system – victim of degrading treatment by health ministers themselves. 4.10.2022 - In September, the Legal Resources Centre met representatives of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) in Romania on an unannounced visit to psychiatric hospitals and residential centres for people with disabilities. The CRJ spoke about the observations from the unannounced monitoring visits: prolonged admissions to psychiatric […]
Participation of the Centre for Legal Resources in the meeting of the Platform for Social and Economic Rights, Bratislava – September 2022. 23.09.2022 - At the invitation of the Council of Europe, Georgiana Pascu from the Centre for Legal Resources (CLR) participated in the 12th meeting of the Platform for Social and Economic Rights organised by COE-FRA-ENNHRI-EQUINET in Bratislava (20 September 2022). The theme of the meeting was how to improve cooperation between national human rights institutions and NGOs […]
Training courses all over the country for prosecutors, judges, lawyers, psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists. 25.05.2022 - Romania has been condemned by judges of the European Court of Human Rights in 16 cases for violating the rights of people with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities confined in residential centres and psychiatric hospitals. The Centre for Legal Resources (CRJ) and the Public Ministry – Prosecutor’s Office of the High Court of Cassation and Justice […]
PRESS RELEASE: AdaptJust — Accessible Justice for people with disabilities. Project implemented in partnership by the Centre for Legal Resources and the Public Prosecutor’s Office 7.01.2022 - The Centre for Legal Resources (CRJ/CLR) and The Public Ministry – The Prosecutor’s Office of The High Court of Justice have started to implement the AdaptJust project — Accessible Justice for people with disabilities, which is intended to improve the implementation of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and the decisions of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers concerning the rights of persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities deprived of their liberty.

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The project is implemented by the Center of Legal Resources in partnership with The Public Ministry – The Prosecutor’s office of The High Court of Justice and benefits from a grant of 1.324.994 € offered by Island, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants. The aim of this project is to facilitate the access to justice for the persons with intellectual disabilities and/or with mental health problems. The project is financially supported by the EEA Grants 2014-2021.

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