This submission is in response to the amendment to the Courts (Remote Participation) Amendment Bill to speed up the court processes so victims and other participants can move on with their lives.

In our submission, we support an increase of remote participation with recommendations to ensure that there is an equity of service for disabled people in all Courts, including that:

  • information be provided in accessible formats on the Courts website.
  • the Courts give more than 10 days notification to disabled people participating remotely in Court hearings to ensure compatible accessibility support is provided in a way that meets their needs
  • that Māori disabled are supported to have access to te reo Māori in a way that meets their accessibility requirements including assistive technology.

Read DPA’s submission on Courts (Remote Participation) Amendment Bill (Word).