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Our website accessibility objective

The Judicial Office is committed to ensuring that this website is accessible to the widest possible range of people. We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so we follow published standards and guidance.

We aim to achieve the standards required for compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 level AA using working practice recommended by the Guide to good practice in commissioning accessible websites (PAS 78), published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Guidance for government web teams issued by the Central Office of Information.

The website is designed to meet the following standards:

  • W3C WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 Conformance Level Double A
  • Valid W3C XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • Valid W3C CSS 1.0

Accessibility assurance and improvement programme

We worked with the Shaw Trust to ensure that this website can be accessed by everyone. The Shaw Trust carried out a programme of automated checks and user testing. We have made the recommended modifications making the site more usable and compatible with assistive technologies.

To maintain the quality of this website the web team have a programme of accessibility assurance which means we test and review pages on the website using web development validation tools, online accessibility processes, expert review and testing by users with disabilities.

The continuing quality of the website depends on controls and procedures applied to commissioning, design, coding and editorial policies.

Where documents or webpages are provided by external suppliers, they are required to conform to the accessibility standards and quality criteria which apply to the website as a whole.

To support these processes staff in the Judicial Office web team maintain the appropriate level of expertise using online resources and courses provided by RNIB or other training suppliers.

New content published on the website is subject to a quality assurance process by trained and experienced staff, and is governed by the website editorial policy, which includes adherence to the needs of people with disabilities and the aim of providing appropriate content for the range of users of the website.

The Judicial Office confirms that, in providing information, we seek to ensure that the information is:

  • Clear, comprehensive, accurate and relevant
  • Appropriate to the reader or user of the information
  • Proportionate to the subject matter
  • Targeted and timely
  • Accessible to all our customers

Exceptions and alternative formats

Where testing or review shows that accessibility criteria are not being met in some part of the website, the web team will take remedial action or will contact the owners of the document to fix the problem. In some cases there can be practical difficulties in delivering a solution. Contrast and colour

If you would like to alter the contrast or colours on any of these web pages see the links below on how to change your browser settings:


You can help us to maintain the quality of our website by giving us your comments and suggestions for improvement. Please let the web team know if you have a problem using this website. We will do our best to investigate and fix any issues as part of our ongoing programme of improvements.

Judicial Office Communications team

July 2013


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