Accessible websites for vital government services. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) website, designed by the Ecru team, directly helps the CPS achieve core targets by making information usable and accessible and improving the visibility of the CPS.
As a major government organization The Crown Prosecution Service are very aware of the need to ensure that as many people as possible are able to access the information published through their website.
Ecru transformed our website and brought great accessibility skills to their impressively delivered project. This means that The CPS website is now helping a much wider section of the UK population, delivering important information about the way the criminal justice system works.
By adhering to stringent standards set out by the W3C the website now enables The CPS to comply with the implications of the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act and the Freedom of Information Act. Ecru have created a website that can be accessed by people with visual, cognitive, hearing and mobility difficulties with excellent design and an appropriately professional look and feel. One of the key advantages of this approach is that everyone benefits. Not only is the information easier to find and access for people with disabilities, it is easier to access for everyone.
The content of the CPS website sits at the very heart of the English Justice system, and the webmasters at the CPS needed to demonstrably acknowledge the implications of the Freedom Of Information Act and the Disability Discrimination Act. There are over a million words on the website and by complying with strict web standards we have now made the content measurably accessible.
Matt Williams, Managing Director of Ecru
The Crown Prosecution Service are committed to providing the best possible service to society, and the new website is evidence of the drive within the organization to ensure that as many people as possible are able to access the information it provides. Ecru has converted over a million words to ensure that the information is as accessible as possible. The site is now able to be read by screen readers (used by people with visual impairment) and the navigation of the site through an improved menu and clean design has vastly improved website usability.
Ecru are a web design consultancy who specialize in producing epic websites for major corporate and governmental organizations. Clients of the size and scope of The CPS have a right to expect the very highest standards of professionalism in the services that they receive. Ecru understand this need, and have delivered a website that exactly meets the requirements of the organization and their audience.
I wanted to say a big thank you for all your really hard work related to the launch of the assisted suicide interim policy. As usual, we expect you to deliver to short deadlines with short notice where getting everything ready to go live at a specific time is so important – and you do, superbly. At the Director's Group meeting this morning there were many plaudits for the website – in terms of the Assisted Suicide material, and also more broadly about what a good impression the website gives of the CPS as an organisation, including from the Director himself. So thanks again. Your really important contribution is well recognised and much appreciated.
Head of Strategic Communication, Communication Division Crown Prosecution Service
Better than W3C Priority AA means we have maximised the ability of disabled people to access information.
All Stakeholders now have direct access to information, including victims, their families, the general public and legal professionals.
Visits in the first six months of operation increased 49% compared to the year before.
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