As part of RAD Deaf Law Centre’s (RAD DLC) mission to “make the law work for Deaf people”, they have established the Deaf Law Quality Mark to clarify access requirements for Deaf clients to ensure that law firms, Law Centres, chambers and other bodies delivering legal services have a clear understanding of what is expected of them in order to deliver high quality legal services to Deaf people.
The Deaf Law Quality Mark considers whether they and educational institutions are actively recruiting and supporting Deaf individuals keen to embark on a career in the legal profession as part of their recruitment policy and procedures.
In doing so, RAD DLC strives to achieve access to legal services for Deaf clients, ultimately removing the barriers faced by Deaf people in accessing legal advice as highlighted in the “Legal Choices – Silent Process” report commissioned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Legal Services Consumer Panel and Action on Hearing Loss. They also hope to increase the numbers of Deaf individuals working within the legal profession either as solicitors, barristers, legal executives or otherwise.
The Deaf Law Quality Mark has been endorsed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority:
“New initiatives like RAD Law Centre’s Deaf Law Quality Mark are to be welcomed. By encouraging legal services providers to improve their awareness of needs and communication preferences of D/deaf people, I hope that we can see more of the barriers they can currently face being dismantled, leading to legal services that can be delivered to, and experienced by, consumers in a more inclusive way.”
Antony Townsend, CEO, Solicitors Regulation Authority
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