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Website accessibility policy


Access keys for JAWS and screen-reader software

Use the following keyboard shortcuts instead of a mouse to move around intranet. In Internet Explorer, press ALT plus the access key from the following list, then the ENTER key. For example ALT-1, ENTER will take you to the 'Sentencing and Rehabilitation' homepage. Firefox requires that you use the SHIFT key together with ALT-1.

S - skip navigation (jump to content)
0 - access keys (displays this page)
1 - 'Sentencing and Rehabilitation' homepage
3 - site map
4 - search box
9 - contact us
I - jump to navigation

Dragon and voice-recognition software

You must wait for the complete page to load before speaking voice commands. Pages with news feeds and media-rich content may take longer to load and you will therefore need to wait before you continue browsing.

Font size

You can change the font size using the Internet Explorer menu. The Internet Explorer menu is at the top of the page when viewing any web page; select "View" "Text size" "Larger". Depending on your screen size, this may cause some "wrapping" on the page - for example, the menu bars may appear over two lines instead of one. Your screen resolution may also affect the size of text you see. On most PCs, this will be set to either 800 x 600 or 1024 x 768; 800 x 600 will increase the text on your screen, while 1024 x 768 will make the text look smaller. Retaining a facility for users to change their own font size is compliant with RNIB recommendations and other accessibility guidelines.

Our website accessibility objective

The Ministry of Justice is committed to ensuring that its 'Sentencing and Rehabilitation' 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

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 Ministry of Justice 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 Ministry of Justice Disability Equality Scheme (7.3.1) 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


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.

Web Team
Communications & Information Directorate
Ministry of Justice

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