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Disability Access

Disability Access

Access

The Supreme Court is dedicated to ensuring accessibility for everyone. Visitors who require additional assistance can speak to our enquiries team when pre-booking a visit or when they arrive at the court.

For assistance, please contact:

Information Officers
Tel:0207 960 1500/1900

Email: enquiries@supremecourt.uk

Getting here

For more information on how to travel to the Supreme Court visit our how to find us page.

The Supreme Court's main and only entrance to the public has step-free access and automatic doors. On arrival, visitors must pass through airport-style security which can be accessed via a lift if required. Security guards will help you throughout the process.

All floors at the Supreme Court are accessible by lift. There is also a dedicated lift to Courtroom 3 that security can assist you with.

Assistance dogs are welcome at the Supreme Court. We have the facilities to provide water for dogs on request, and we are in close proximity to St James's Park and The Green Park if rest breaks are required. Assistant dogs are permitted in the courtrooms when cases are being heard, as well as when on tours or visiting the building.

Car parking and Blue Badge parking

When travelling by car you will be subject to the congestion charge, and parking is limited in the area. You can also park with a disabled badge within a short distance of the Court.

Visitors with hearing impairments

The reception desk has a portable induction loop which will improve audibility for visitors using hearing aids at reception.

Hearing aid wearers should set the device to the 'T' function in order to access the sound systems in the courtroom. Please note that many digital hearing aids have this function automatically set.

All the courtrooms are fitted with an induction loop system

Sound enhancement

Currently tours are not taking place in person owing to Covid measures, however in normal circumstances neck loops and receivers for use on tours are available and can be collected at reception.

If you require any support or wish to make accessibility arrangements prior to your tour, please contact enquiries.

Subtitled videos

The educational videos on display in our exhibition area include subtitles. Court hearings are live streamed to our websites the recordings have closed captions. Printed bench memos called press summaries are available on this website.

Visitors with visual impairments

For UK residents with visual impairments, we can offer a large print or braille version of our visitor leaflet for you to use during your visit.

In usual circumstances we also offer tours specifically designed for those with visual impairments. However, owing to Covid19 measures tours are suspended. We are currently piloting virtual, public tours with an experienced guide using Microsoft Teams. Tours last a maximum of 45 minutes and can be booked via enquiries. We do offer an accessible tour which uses font 32 in black Ariel on a yellow background. This tour is suitable for some people with a visual impairment and people with dyslexia. Disabled visitors and their companion / carer will receive a free place.

Please email enquiries for more information.

Refreshments

The Supreme Court café is on the lower ground floor, which is accessible via lift and stairs, but is currently closed.

Accessible toilets

On the lower ground floor there are public toilets for disabled users. Accessible toilets are also located on the ground floor by reception and the second floor by Courtroom 1. There are braille notices on toilet doors.

Changing facilities

Baby changing facilities are available in the Lower Ground toilets.

Discover more in the UKSC Access Statement.

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