Using this website
The Law Commission is responsible for the content of this website. 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.
What to do if you can’t access part of this website
If you need information on this website in a different format, you can contact us:
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Telephone: 020 3334 0200
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 firstname.lastname@example.org giving details of the issue and any assistive technology you are using.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing 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 Ministry of Justice is committed to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
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
- Headings are not marked up according to their hierarchy. This fails WCAG 1.3.1 A (Info and Relationships).
- Link text does not always provide a meaningful description of its purpose or destination. This fails WCAG 2.4.4 A (Link Purpose).
- The home page title does not describe its topic or purpose. This fails WCAG 2.4.2 A (Page Titles).
- The search icon does not have alternative text to convey its purpose. This fails WCAG 1.1.1 A (Non-text Content).
- The search field is missing a form label that describes its purpose. This fails WCAG 1.1.1 A (Non-text Content).
- Search filters aren’t clear what information the user needs to enter. This fails WCAG 2.4.6 AA (Headings and Labels).
- The navigation and search filter are not clearly visible on a mobile device. This fails WCAG 1.3.4 AA (Orientation).
- The focus state of the search box, social media and contact links are not clear when a user tabs through the site. This fails WCAG 2.4.7 AA (Focus Visible).
- There is no way for a user to skip to the main content of the page. This fails WCAG A 2.4.1 (Bypass Blocks).
- Pages do not resize or restructure properly when text is enlarged. This fails WCAG AA 1.4.4 (Resize text).
- Content that is translated into Welsh does not have the correct language flag. This fails WCAG A 3.1.1 (Language of Page) and WCAG AA 3.1.2 (Language of Parts).
- Transcripts are not provided for videos. This fails WCAG A 1.2.1 (Audio-only and Video-only Prerecorded).
- The header elements overlap and the navigation is not always visible when a user zooms in to 300%. This fails WCAG AA 1.4.10 (Reflow).
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents
Many documents are not accessible in a number of ways including missing text alternatives and missing document structure.
This includes documents published before 23rd September 2018, which are not used for active administrative processes.
For PDFs published by another organisation, check the accessible document policy of the organisation to report any problems or request documents in an alternative format.
Videos hosted on 3rd party platforms
Embedded videos hosted on YouTube, Vimeo and other media players 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).
How we tested this website
We have completed accessibility checks using keyboard testing and the WAVE automated testing tool on a sample of pages from https://www.lawcom.gov.uk/.
The tests were carried out by the Ministry of Justice.
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We will monitor the accessibility of this website on an on-going basis and fix any accessibility issues reported to us.
We will use findings from the accessibility review for the next major redevelopment of the website in 2021.
This statement was prepared on 26 June 2020.