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AccessAble and the Supreme Court launch new Access Guide

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (UKSC) is the final court of appeal in the UK for civil cases, and for criminal cases in the UK except for Scotland. It hears cases of the greatest public importance that affect the whole population.

The UKSC has partnered with AccessAble; the UK’s leading provider of detailed disabled access information.

The UKSC have worked in partnership with AccessAble to create a Detailed Access Guide.

The Guide is 100 per cent facts, figures, and photographs to help visitors plan their visit to the UKSC, covering everything from lifts and hearing loops, to walking distances and accessible toilets.

We know everyone’s accessibility needs are different, which is why having detailed, accurate information is so important. It’s why all of the details you’ll find in the Guide have been checked in person, on site, by trained surveyors.

Courtroom at the UK Supreme Court

Dr Gregory Burke, Founder and Chair of AccessAble, and who is also a barrister at 7BR, said:

“We are delighted to work in partnership with the Supreme Court to create a dedicated Detailed Access Guide to their building and facilities.

The AccessAble website and App will provide vital information for disabled people, carers, and anyone with access needs; enhancing the independence and choice of visitors to the UKSC.

I know from my work as a barrister that access to justice is vitally important. Such access for many people includes knowing what the physical and sensory challenges of a court are in advance, so you can plan your visit with confidence and make further specific arrangements in advance should you need to.”

Vicky Fox, Chief Executive Officer of the UKSC, said:

“Accessibility and transparency are at the heart of the way the Supreme Court works. The Court is a place for all UK citizens and overseas visitors to visit, learn about and observe how we administer justice and uphold the rule of law.  

Improving access to our building is a practical and essential part of a diverse and inclusive culture and we are delighted to be partnering with AccessAble to make our building more accessible.

As we re-open our doors to the public, after many months of being closed due to the pandemic, we hope that this guide provides useful information and helps you prepare and plan your visit. We look forward to welcoming you to the building!”

Cafe at the UK Supreme Court

You can view the Supreme Court’s Access Guide here:

It’s also available via the AccessAble App which is free to download from the App Store and Google Play, and provides accessibility information on the go.

The information about the Supreme Court joins over 70,000 places already covered across the UK, making a great tool for planning a day out or trip away.

For more information about the project, please contact Satinder Chahal, Partnerships Manager at AccessAble on 01438 842710 or email [email protected].

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