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Access to Justice


In its Article 13, the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) requires that States Parties ensure effective access to justice for persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others. Meanwhile, courts and justice systems worldwide are undergoing digital transformation and becoming “smarter”.

While these technology investments can help courts and justice systems cut costs and increase efficiencies, it is not clear that their technology roadmaps include a commitment to ensuring access to justice by people with disabilities. The courts need help learning how to ensure they implement digital technology in a way that makes courts more accessible and inclusive Without this commitment, justice systems currently risk leaving people with disabilities behind and creating new obstacles to participation due to a lack of awareness about disability and a lack of knowledge about accessible technology..

G3ict believes it can help courts and justice systems continue to chart a path toward greater progress on Article 13 of the UN CRPD. We recommend that courts as well as technology companies and civil society organizations look to G3ict’s eight interrelated strategies for leveraging technology to support greater access to justice for persons with disabilities, including:

  • Amending existing legal frameworks to promote equality in courts and justice system,
  • Training leaders and staff in courts and justice systems to better design and implement ICT accessibility strategies that support digital inclusion,
  • Using their “power of the purse” to advance equality by purchasing only accessible courtroom technology,
  • Involving persons with disabilities at each step in the process to improve access to justice.

G3ict materials can help courts and the technology industry make progress toward greater access to justice for the 1 billion persons with disabilities worldwide.

Resources on G3ict's Access to Justice Global Initiative