Jul 22, 2014

ADA/Americans with disabilities act – ADA Coordinator

Location: Hall of Justice, 600 Administration, Room 107J, Santa Rosa CA 95403
Office Hours: 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM Mon-Fri
Court Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Mon-Fri
(707) 521-6501

COURT ADA POLICY AND PROCEDURE

Policy: In accordance with California Rule of Court 1.100, it is the policy of the Superior Court of California County of Sonoma to assure that qualified individuals with disabilities have equal and full access to the judicial system.

To ensure effective communication, applicants, participants and members of the public with disabilities may make requests to the court as outlined in this policy. Court Administration and designated staff will make reasonable arrangements for auxiliary aids and/or services as necessary.

The Court, however, is not required to make any modifications nor take any action that would fundamentally alter the service, activity or program, or result in undue financial and administrative burdens.

Qualified Individuals with Disabilities: Qualified individuals are persons covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 which includes individuals who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities; have a record of such impairment; or are regarded as having such impairment.

Process for Requesting Accommodations:Requests for accommodation should be made as far in advance of the date needed as possible, and, in any event, should be made no less than five court days prior to the date needed. The Court may, in its discretion, waive this requirement.

Applicants may request accommodations in writing, by telephone, or in person to Court Administration or the ADA coordinator at the office address listed at the end of this policy or at the trial court facility where the accommodation is required. Whenever possible, Judicial Council Form MC-410, Request for Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities and Order, should be completed and submitted to the Court.

Requests for accommodation should include a description of the accommodation sought, along with a statement of the impairment that necessitates such accommodation. The Court, in its discretion, may require the applicant to provide additional information about the qualifying impairment.

An individual with a disability will have the opportunity to request the auxiliary aid and/or service of his/her choice and will be consulted when the preferred type of auxiliary aid and/or service is not available or required to determine whether an alternative means of auxiliary aid and/or service will provide adequate access to the court.

The applicant shall be informed in writing that a request for accommodation is granted or denied in whole or in part, and the nature of the accommodation(s) to be provided, if any. Requests may be denied if the court finds that:

  • The applicant has failed to meet the requirements as a qualified individual with disabilities as covered by ADA and related state and federal laws; or
  • The requested accommodation(s) would create an undue financial or administrative burden on the court; or
  • The requested accommodation(s) would fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program or activity.

Review Procedure: If a request for accommodation is denied or granted by non-judicial court personnel, the applicant, or any participant in the proceeding in which a request for accommodation has been made, may seek review of the determination within 10 days of the date of the notice of denial. A written request for review must be submitted to the judicial officer who will preside over the proceeding or to the Presiding Judge if the matter has not been assigned.

An applicant may seek a review of a determination made by a judicial officer within 10 days of the notice of denial by filing a petition for extraordinary relief in a court of superior jurisdiction.

Grievance Procedure: The ADA grievance procedure is intended to provide and opportunity to resolve a complaint that may not be related to the denial of an accommodation in an informal manner.

  1. All complaints should be submitted in writing using the ADA Complaint Form, which can be obtained from the Civil Division located in Room 107-J at the Hall of Justice or by clicking here. Complaints must contain the name, address, and telephone number of the person submitting (Complainant), a brief description of the alleged violation(s), the action(s) requested, and the signature of the complainant or authorized representative.
  2. Each complaint will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to prioritize the urgency of a response. Complaints involving a health and safety issue will receive a more immediate response. As a general rule, investigations will be concluded and a written response sent to the Complainant within 30 days after the date the complaint was received by the Court.
  3. Unless otherwise authorized or required by law, the complaint and related records will be maintained in a confidential manner.

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Contact

For questions or further information please contact the ADA coordinator in Court Administration

Superior Court of California
600 Administration Drive
Room 107-J
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

(707) 521-6501 Administration
TDD (707) 521-6583

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