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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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 […]
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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