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Disabled access victory

  • August 3, 2008
  • Bruce Bromley

Thursday 31st July 2008
By Steve Dancey

LUDGERSHALL resident, Mrs Donna Pearce has succeeded in her fight to make the magistrates court in Salisbury take account of disabled people’s access needs.

Mrs Donna Pearce, a wheelchair user from Ludgershall, brought a claim for disability discrimination against Her Majesty’s Court Services in the County Court after experiencing problems in accessing both services and courtroom in the Magistrate’s Court, at The Guildhall in Salisbury in 2006. After a considerable time, her case was settled, and compensation was given to Mrs Pearce by HMCS, along with all legal representational expenses to her solicitor and barrister.

The magistrate’s court agreed to alter the information it gave out on its summonses, and agreed if anyone wished to visit a hearing to contact them and an alternative court would be used. 

Mrs Pearce said: “Everyone told me I was mad to take on Her Majesty’s Court Services but I had to, and I’m glad I did. So if this gives anyone out there some courage to stand up for their rights, then my (nearly) two years of taking this case on, was well worth it.”