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Handbook: Dignity at Trial


Persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities are among the most vulnerable groups of suspects in criminal proceedings. If they come into conflict with the law, they face a particularly high risk of not experiencing a fair trial. In many cases, their vulnerability due to their illness or disability is not identified in due time or not considered. Their procedural rights, particularly their right to information, their right to access a lawyer, and their right to medical assistance, in particular during deprivation of liberty, are often not adequately ensured.

The Handbook “Dignity at Trial”, which was elaborated during a two year pilot research project (2016-2018) assessing the implementation of the EC Recommendation on safeguards for vulnerable persons suspected or accused in criminal proceedings (2013/C 378/02) draws on broader involvement of professional stakeholders and persons with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities who have undergone criminal proceedings.

The Handbook includes

  • Experiences of persons with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities
  • The comparative report on the five countries
  • Criteria for the identification of good practice
  • Practical recommendations for professional stakeholders
  • Recommendations for policymakers
  • Recommendations for the European Union
  • A checklist on indications for a person’s potential intellectual or psychosocial disabilities
  • A documentation sheet about procedural rights for the police interrogation
  • A documentation sheet about procedural rights for the court hearing

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Autor_innen: Linder, Barbara; Katona, Nora; Kolda, Julia


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