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Evening Update: Crimes Against Disabled People - From a CPS Perspective

Wednesday 12th May 2021

Virtual Event via Zoom

5.45pm Registration/Login, 6.00pm Welcome and 8.00pm Close


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There are myths and misunderstandings around when victims and witnesses with disabilities can and cannot give evidence in criminal proceedings; some offences do not require that the witness give evidence in court at all. Whilst not all offences against people with disabilities are disability hate crime, it is not easy to identify. 

The session will be covering the guidance to prosecutors. It will also cover legal competence of witnesses, as well as some of the offences against people who have disabilities who lack capacity. Measures which can be put in place to assist the witness to give their evidence will be covered. There are also specific criminal offences against people with disabilities which will be
explored along with disability hate crime.

After attending this course delegates will have improved understanding of:

  • Legal competence to give evidence and measures which the CJS can provide to maximise the quality of evidence
  • Offences against people with disabilities including those without capacity
  • Disability hate crime


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