Publications and resources for people with disability

Select a publication from the list below for more information, including how to get a copy.

Request for Court Assistance

The Request for Court Assistance brochure is for people with disability to indicate the types of specific assistance they need when they have to attend court.

Download the brochure from these links:

Can You Hear in the Courtroom?

Can You Hear in the Courtroom? is a pamphlet about the infrared hearing assistive system that the Department uses in courtrooms.

To assist people who are hard of hearing overcome variations in courtroom acoustics, the Department uses permanent and portable infrared systems. The infrared hearing assistive device is similar to a hearing loop but it ensures that the information stays within the courtroom.

For more information about the infrared system, or to ensure the system is available for your court appearance, please download Can You Hear in the Courtroom? from the link below.

So You Have To Go To Court!

So You Have to go to Court! is a 25-minute film for people with cognitive disabilities who are required to attend court.

Visit our So You Have to go to Court page for full details of the film and to watch or download the video.

So You Have to go to Court! - Online Resource kit

"So You Have to go to Court!"  online resource kit contains supporting notes for people who are using the video. Download the resources from the links below.

The Capacity Toolkit

The Capacity Toolkit is a guide to assessing a person's capacity to make legal, medical, financial, and personal decisions.

The Capacity Toolkit was published in 2008, in response to requests from lawyers, medical professionals, health workers, carers, and advocates who required more information about capacity, some general capacity principles, and guidelines on assessing a person's capacity to make decisions. 

You can read the Capacity Toolkit in full on our website, or you can download the Capacity Toolkit in PDF or MS Word from these links:

Capacity Toolkit fact sheet

The Capacity Toolkit fact sheet aims to assist a person with a decision-making disability to understand the capacity assessment process and their rights.

The fact sheet was published in 2009.

E-Learning Module 

The free Decision-making and capacity ELearning module is based on the popular Capacity Toolkit. The module has been specifically designed for those who work in health, law,finance,social work and those who care for people with decision-making disabilities.

The Justice Advocacy Service

The Justice Advocacy Service supports people with cognitive disability in touch with the criminal justice system. Find out more about the Justice advocacy service.