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Accessibility statement

This statement applies to content published on

Any links to volunteer as a magistrate go to a separate application service on a different domain managed by a third-party provider. You should check the accessibility statement of the website for its compliance status and any accessibility issues.

The Judicial Office is responsible for the content of The Ministry of Justice is responsible for the technical aspects.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate the website using just a keyboard

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format, you can contact us:

Judicial Office
11th floor, Thomas More Building
Royal Courts of Justice


Reporting accessibility problems

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, contact giving details of the issue and any assistive technology you are using.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The Judicial Office is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliance issues listed below.

Non accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • Items in the cookie banner do not have sufficient contrast. This fails WCAG 2.1, 1.4.3 AA Contrast (Minimum).
  • Video content does not have an audio description. This fails WCAG 2.1 AA 1.2.5 Audio Description (Prerecorded).
  • Videos do not have transcripts to communicate audio content. This fails WCAG 2.1 A 1.2.1 Audio-only and Video-only (Prerecorded).
  • Videos do not have captions to communicate audio content. This fails WCAG 2.1 A 1.2.2 Captions (Prerecorded).

Disproportionate burden

Not applicable

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

PDFs and other documents published before September 2018 are not accessible in a number of ways including missing text alternatives and missing document structure. 

Embedded videos

Embedded videos hosted on YouTube and Vimeo include non-accessible elements that are native to the video platform. For example, this means buttons to play videos are not descriptive enough for screen reader users as the context of the video is not clear. This fails WCAG 2.4.6 AA (Headings and Labels).

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are working to fix the issues listed in this statement.

We will monitor the accessibility of this website on an ongoing basis and fix any accessibility issues reported to us.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 15 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 14 January 2022.

This website was last tested on 12 January 2022. The tests on the website were carried out by the Ministry of Justice. We completed accessibility checks using keyboard testing and the WAVE automated testing tool.