NATSILS welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Australian Human Rights Commission Issues Paper: Access to justice in the criminal justice system for people with disability. We would like to endorse the submissions of our member organisations, the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) and the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (CAALAS). We recommend that this submission be read in conjunction with those from
NAAJA and CAALAS as while the following provides an overview of the issues nationally, the submissions from our member organisations provide a more detailed local focus and include
some very illuminating case studies.