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Representing clients with intellectual disability

Journal Article


Abstract


  • People with intellectual disability

    constitute approximately 2-3% of

    the Australian population.' They are

    disproportionately represented in the

    legal system due to their vulnerability

    to factors such as poverty, violence,

    social isolation, discrimination and

    exploitation.2 Nearly one-quarter (23.6%)

    of those appearing before six Local

    Courts in NSW in relation to criminal

    charges could be diagnosed as having

    an intellectual disability, with a further

    14.1% of persons in the borderline

    range of ability.3 Given the likelihood of

    encountering clients with an intellectual

    disability, both an awareness of what

    this means and the necessary skills to

    represent them effectively are highly

    relevant to plaintiff lawyers.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • L. Roslyn. Steele, ''Representing clients with intellectual disability'' (2007) (83 Nov-Dec) Precedent 10-14.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/148

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 10

End Page


  • 14

Issue


  • 83 Nov-Dec

Place Of Publication


  • http://lawyersalliance.com.au/publications/

Abstract


  • People with intellectual disability

    constitute approximately 2-3% of

    the Australian population.' They are

    disproportionately represented in the

    legal system due to their vulnerability

    to factors such as poverty, violence,

    social isolation, discrimination and

    exploitation.2 Nearly one-quarter (23.6%)

    of those appearing before six Local

    Courts in NSW in relation to criminal

    charges could be diagnosed as having

    an intellectual disability, with a further

    14.1% of persons in the borderline

    range of ability.3 Given the likelihood of

    encountering clients with an intellectual

    disability, both an awareness of what

    this means and the necessary skills to

    represent them effectively are highly

    relevant to plaintiff lawyers.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • L. Roslyn. Steele, ''Representing clients with intellectual disability'' (2007) (83 Nov-Dec) Precedent 10-14.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/148

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 10

End Page


  • 14

Issue


  • 83 Nov-Dec

Place Of Publication


  • http://lawyersalliance.com.au/publications/