Complaint desk at Wonosari district court in Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, modified to accommodate wheelchair users. Photo by: Anita Reza Zein

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia — The Wonosari district court in Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, looks just like any government office in Indonesia. Reception tables greet visitors upon entry, and multiple rooms populate the first floor.

But according to Husnul Khotimah, head of the district court, theirs is a slightly improved version of a standard government space. A ramp allows wheelchair users to easily access the building. The court has also conducted some training sessions for all of its staff on sign language and disability awareness.

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Khotimah has become somewhat of a disability champion herself, after participating in a trial involving a person with a disability. She has worked to show her colleagues in the profession what can be done to increase the court’s accessibility to people with disabilities and ensure they receive a fair trial.

The Wonosari district court setup should be replicated in all courts in Indonesia, ideally. Advocates for disability inclusion are working to build the capacity of the justice system to accommodate the legal needs of people with disabilities.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

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