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First blind student in history to qualify as a judge
21 September 2020 @ 19:51

A YOUNG man from Valencia has become Spain's first-ever blind judge to qualify in the profession.

Héctor Melero Martí, 26, was born 100% blind – but this has not prevented him sitting his exams to qualify as a court judge, according to the General Judicial Power Council (CGPJ).

Until May 2014, Héctor would not have been able to do so – it was only then that the CGPJ brought an agreement into force that allowed the non-sighted the opportunity to qualify and practise as a judge in a court of law.

It was not so much that a blind candidate would be refused the opportunity to take the exams and enter the profession – more a case of nobody in that situation having tried.

But a blind student contacted the CGPJ just over six years ago to find out if it was possible, which led to procedures being brought into place to enable people with vision impairment to study the material, be assessed and examined, and also paved the way for any future non-sighted judge's workplace and employment to be adapted to accommodate them.



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