UNCRPD Articles - 12 & 13.

Equal Recognition before law and Access to Justice (Articles 12 & 13)

  • Disabled people have the same rights under law as other people in all areas of life

  • Disabled people should be supported to make sure they get these rights.

  • Disabled people have the same right to make their own decisions about important things as everyone else.

  • Disabled people should have the proper support they need while making decisions.

  • If a person really does need someone else to speak for them, there should be rules for allowing this.

  • Disabled people can:

    • own or inherit property

    • control their own financial affairs

    • have access to loans like everyone else

  • Property of disabled people should not be wrongfully taken away from them

  • Disabled people have the same rights to go to court, take other people to court or take part in what happens in courts as anyone else.

  • Special training should be promoted for courts, police and prison staff to ensure effective justice.


Article 12 (Equal recognition before the law) https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities/article-12-equal-recognition-before-the-law.html

Article 13 (Access to Justice) https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities/article-13-access-to-justice.html