The Disability Justice Plan Symposium brings together criminal justice agencies, researchers and community representatives to improve access to justice for people with disability.
The 2017 Disability Justice Place Symposium was held on Thursday 2 November where current and future directions in justice for vulnerable people was discussed. Keynote speakers included community representative Margie Charlesworth, Jonathan Doak, Professor of Criminal Justice at Nottingham Trent University and Dr Emily Henderson, academic and lawyer from New Zealand.
The Visit of Her Honour Judge Lees
On 11 and 12 July, the Attorney-General’s Department hosted a visit to Adelaide by Her Honour Judge Lees of the Snaresbrook Court in England. Judge Lees met with practitioners, staff and community representatives about the improvements to the UK criminal justice system to better support vulnerable people. The Judge’s two day program included three Continuing Legal Education sessions for South Australian legal practitioners, a professional development session for the Judiciary, a roundtable for sexual assault services and the community launch of the Communication Partner Service. More information on the service can be heard on 5AA’s Our State interview on 17 July on the Premier’s YouTube Channel or via LinkedIn.
The 2016 Disability Justice Plan Symposium featured 2 half-day events for community members and criminal justice sector personnel.
Recognition and protection of vulnerable parties in practice - 3 August 2016
The first event was held on 3 August 2016 and featured leading authority Professor Eileen Baldry, Professor of Criminology at the University of New South Wales. Professor Baldry talked about how evidence-based changes to policy and practice can improve access and participation for vulnerable people, particularly young people, in the criminal justice system.
- Presentation by Professor Baldry: Vulnerable young people with complex support needs and the criminal justice system (PDF 268KB)
- Profile: Professor Eileen Baldry (PDF 32KB)
Professor Martine Powell, Founding Director, Centre of Investigative Interviewing at Deakin University, presented on the specialist training being provided to investigative interviewers under South Australia’s Disability Justice Plan.
- Article by Professor Powell: Specialist training - Eyewitness testimony (PDF 313KB) - Powell, M.B., Garry, M. & Brewer, N. (2013). Eyewitness testimony. In I. Freckelton & H. Selby (Eds). Expert evidence. Pyrmont NSW: Thomson Reuters.
- Profile: Professor Martine Powell (PDF 193KB)
Community Forum - 14 September 2016
The second symposium event was a community forum convened by JFA Purple Orange with the support of the Attorney-General's Department. The keynote presentation, delivered by Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner, and Anne Gale, Public Advocate, gave an update on the progress of the Disability Justice Plan. A workshop on priority action 3.10 was convened, and feedback from the consultation is below.
The inaugural Disability Justice Plan Symposium, held on the 19 November 2015, was a day of thought-provoking discussion around disability justice and implementation highlights.
The event involved 150 participants from a range of organisations, including criminal justice agencies, researchers, the legal profession, community advocates, and people with lived experience of disability.
The Attorney-General launched the Disability Justice Plan Annual Report 2014-15 (PDF 695KB) at the event. Every participant received a copy of the report and a copy of the Disability Justice Plan Annual Report 2014-15 Easy Read version (PDF 775KB). The report highlighted that of a total of 45 priority actions in the plan, 23 are complete or substantially complete in the first year of implementation, and 22 are ongoing.
Participants heard from keynote speakers, including the former Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes AM, and Terese Henning, the Director of the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute. Graeme Innes's presentation focused on equality in the justice system for people with disabilities. Terese Henning's presentation focused on obtaining the best evidence from witnesses with complex communication needs.
Presentations of keynote speakers:
- Graeme Innes, former Disability Discrimination Commissioner and Chair of the Attitude Foundation Symposium speech notes (PDF 437KB)
- Terese Henning, Director of the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute Symposium paper (PDF 883KB)
Workshops were held in the afternoon to contribute to the implementation of key actions in the plan.
- Overview of the symposium: 2015 Disability Justice Plan overview of the outcomes (PDF 355KB)