Website Accessibility Features

This website currently includes the following accessibility features:

Image Alternative Tag (Alt Tags)

The California courts site uses minimal graphics and images to ease navigation, limit clutter, and increase load speed.

To eliminate confusion for screen readers, speech synthesizers, and other assistive technology devices, we use descriptive alternative text for ALT tags to assist visually impaired site visitors. When the device encounters a graphic, site visitors hear a short description of what is set forth in the ALT tag, such as, "picture of the San Francisco supreme court", rather than the generic "graphic."

Text Alternatives for Video

For non-live recorded video, we make every effort to provide a text alternative—captions or transcript in html or PDF—wherever possible.  Videos of high importance and time sensitivity may be made available initially without a text alternative. If a transcript is not available, you may request one by emailing

Video broadcasts of live events, such as Supreme Court oral argument, may not have real-time captioning available. In addition, third-party video embedded in our site might or might not have accurate captions or transcript.

JavaScript Turned Off

With JavaScript turned off, the site will remain functional and the site visitor should be able to access content using a standard Internet browser or other assistive technology device.

Follow the following directions to disable or enable JavaScript in your browser.

Internet Explorer 6.x or Higher

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Select Tools > Internet Options.
  3. In Internet Options dialog box select the Security tab.
  4. Click Custom Level button at bottom. The Security Settings dialog box will pop up.
  5. Under the Scripting category, enable/disable Active Scripting, Allow paste options via script and Scripting of Java applets.
  6. Click OK twice to close out.
  7. Click Refresh.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Select Tools> Options.
  3. Select Content button from the top row of options.
  4. Select "Enable JavaScript." (You do not need to enable Java, but it is OK if you do.)

Google Chrome

  1. On Windows/Linux: Select Options from the "Wrench" graphic icon menu on the upper/right side of the Google Chrome window.
  2. On Mac OS X: Select Preferences from the Chrome menu.
  3. Select the Under the Hood tab.
  4. Click the Content settings (button underneath the Privacy area).
  5. Select the JavaScript tab.
  6. Select "Allow all sites to run JavaScript (recommended)" option.
  7. Optionally: Click the Exceptions (button to control which sites can or cannot use JavaScript).

Apple Safari

  1. On Windows, select the Edit menu.
  2. On Mac OS, select Preferences from the Safari menu.
  3. Select Security tab at the top.
  4. Make sure "Enable JavaScript" is checked.