Americans with disabilities act (ada)
What is ADA?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and State law require all state
and local entities, including the courts, to provide reasonable accommodations for the needs of persons with disabilities.
The ADA benefits people who have an interest in court activities,
programs and services.
In 1996 the Judicial Council of California, the policy-making body for
the courts, adopted California Rules of Court, rule 1.100 to implement the ADA in the state court system.
Under the ADA, State laws, and the court rule, a person is entitled to an
accommodation if he or she is a person with a disability. This means the person has a physical or mental impairment that limits one or more life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded of having such impairment.
How do I request accommodations?
It is the individual’s responsibility to contact the court to request
accommodations that would best suit his or her situation.
The individual may request an accommodation by completing the
Request for Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities (Judicial Council Form MC-410) or by other means, and provide the request to court staff. If the individual is involved in more than one case, they must submit a separate request (MC-410 form) for each case.
The individual should give the court at least five working days notice
For certain types of accommodation, such as an American Sign
Language (ASL) interpreter, the court must have adequate advance notice in order to provide the accommodation.
The court may grant, modify or deny the request.
The information presented will be kept confidential unless ordered
released by a judicial officer, or a written waiver of confidentiality is received from the requestor.
The court will evaluate all requests to make reasonable modifications to
its policies, practices, and procedures when these modifications are necessary to avoid discriminating against a person because of a disability.
Service animals are permitted in court facilities. The ADA defines service
animals as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.
Please see the link on this page to access the Request for
Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities (MC-410 form).
If a person needing an ADA accommodation contacts the court by
telephone to request that a matter be scheduled, he/she must specify during that telephone conversation the accommodation he/she needs.
This communication is necessary even if there is an ongoing ADA
accommodation granted in the case, as the person answering the phone call may not be aware of the ongoing accommodation.
This is particularly important in ex-parte hearings, which are
scheduled on an expedited basis.
Amador Superior Court
500 Argonaut Lane
Jackson, CA. 95642