Does the Criminal Justice System treat disabled people fairly?

In 2019, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) launched a statutory inquiry exploring whether the disabled people accused of a crime are treated fairly in criminal justice processes in Scotland, England and Wales.

Dr Caitlin Gormley and Professor Nick Watson were commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to conduct qualitative research with 15 people with learning disabilities, Autism, and/or mental health conditions who had been accused of a crime in Scotland about their experiences of the pre-trial stage.

More information about the Inquiry and its outcomes are on the EHRC website.

The project was completed June 2019.


Gormley, C. and Watson, N. (2021) Inaccessible justice: exploring the barriers to justice and fairness for disabled people accused of a crime. Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 60(4), pp. 493-510. (doi: 10.1111/hojo.12433)