Judgment in braille at court: "blind culture was recognized"

September 7, 2012

The Nagoya District Court responded for the request from Umeo Akemi-san, the totally blind woman who started the civil action, by giving the sentence in braille on September 7.

It met the flow of the improvement of the disability right with internationally increasing opportunity.

However, it is only the 2nd example in a civil action. According to lawyer Takeshita Yoshiki who is totally blind (the Kyoto Bar Association member), the Nagoya High Court gave the Deafblind defendant only the main sentence in braille at the trial to make him understand in 1984, but it was not a formal decision and is said to be expedient.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the United Nations adopted in 2006 states about the use of Braille, sign language, etc. in the 21th article. Moreover, simply the 13 article states that "the persons with disability is able to use all the legal proceedings effectively" (judicial right to access).

Although Japan has not ratified the convention, the movement which still accepts the disability right gradually has grown.

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