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Celebrating inclusivity: Deaf jurors in our courts

Deaf juror with BSL interpreter in courtroom

Legislative changes to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act now allow British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters to enter the jury deliberation room as a thirteenth person. We caught up with Karen, who made history last year at Croydon Crown Court becoming the first deaf person to complete jury service.

Improving accessibility in our courts and tribunals

Hand of young supportive person supporting colleague

Mike Williams, Deputy Director of Service Excellence at HMCTS, writes about how we are improving court accessibility and supporting people who have disabilities or require reasonable adjustments.