On this page:
- Accessibility statement
- Reading this website
- Navigating this website
- Hearing this website
- Understanding this website
We are working towards complying with Priority 2 of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. We are continually making improvements to meet these guidelines.
Our website has been designed with the following in mind:
- text on pages can be resized
- images have alternative text descriptions
- no information is exclusively conveyed using colour
- the site can be navigated using access keys and a site map
- our site is Browsealoud compatible.
If you encounter any difficulties accessing information from our website we’d like to hear from you.
Further information about the accessibility features of this website are below.
This site has been designed so you can change the size of the text on its pages through your web browser.
In Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, use the 'Text size' option under the View menu to increase or decrease the font size.
In Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can use the magnify tool to ‘zoom’ into a PDF document until it is a comfortable size for you to read.
You can use access keys on our website to navigate directly to the main areas of the site using your keyboard. The access keys are as follows:
- About Us
- About Legal Aid
- Community Legal Service (CLS)
- Criminal Defence Service (CDS)
- Site Map
- Document Archive
Windows based browsers
Hold down the Alt key and press the access key number, and then press the Enter key. (eg Alt + 1, then Enter, to go to About Us).
Macintosh based browsers
Hold down Ctrl and press the access key number, and then press the Enter key. (eg Ctrl + 1, then Enter, to go to the home page).
Our website is compatible with Browsealoud software. This is a free program you can download that will read aloud pages of this website to you.
Once the software has been installed you can scroll your mouse over the text on our website and Browsealoud will read it aloud. The speed, pitch, volume and pronunciation of words can be altered.
You can download a copy from the Browsealoud website.
Adobe Acrobat Reader will also read the contents of PDF documents aloud to you. Please see our How to use PDF documents page for more information.
Text on our pages is currently being reviewed to ensure it follows plain English principles where possible.
According to The Oxford Guide to Plain English, this is:"the writing and setting out of essential information in a way that gives a co-operative, motivated person a good chance of understanding the document at first reading, and in the same sense that the writer meant it to be understood."
This can be difficult when writing about legal issues which often include technical legal terms, and reviewing our website will be an ongoing process.
Last updated: 06 May 2009