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Accessibility statement for COPFS.GOV.UK

This accessibility statement applies to the, the website for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).

This website is run by the COPFS Corporate Communications team. It is designed to be used by as many people as possible. The text should be clear and simple to understand. You should be able to:

  • zoom in up to 300% without problems
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • use most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)


How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • some pages and document attachments are not written in plain English
  • many documents are in PDF format and are not accessible
  • some links are not correctly identified
  • some images contain text that is not described
  • some pages use an expanding drop-down function which makes it difficult to tell where you are on the page when navigating using a keyboard


Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Call 0300 020 3000
  • British Sign Language users should text on 07825 280346, specifying if you would prefer your reply by sms, text or email

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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

COPFS is committed to making its 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-compliances and exemptions listed below.


Non-accessible content

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

  1. The purpose of each link cannot always be determined by the link text alone. This fails WCAG 2.4.4 success criterion (link purpose in context)
  2. Some pages have duplicate titles. This may make it difficult for users to orient themselves and find the right content. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.2 (Page Titled).
  3. Some content looks like headings but is not. This makes it difficult for screen reader users to navigate the page. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships).
  4. Many documents are in less accessible formats, for example PDF. Non-HTML documents published on or after 23 September 2018 must have an accessible format.
  5. Some images contain text which is essential to the information being conveyed. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.9 (Images of text no exception).
PDFs and other documents

Many documents are not accessible in a number of ways including missing text alternatives and missing document structure.

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. By Spring 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. For example, we do not plan to fix historical statistical publications. Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards..


What we're doing to improve accessibility

We are in the process of redeveloping our website to make sure it is accessible for all. We aim to have a fully accessible new website which meets WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria in place by spring 2021. We will update this page when issues are fixed.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

We use the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines V2.1 level A and level AA to test how accessible is.

We used the Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology (WCAG-EM) approach to decide on a sample of pages to test.This statement was prepared on 15 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 23 September 2020.