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Accommodations For Persons With Disabilities Using Court Facilities
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and State law require all state and local government entities, including the courts, to provide reasonable accommodations for the needs of persons with disabilities. It is the policy of the San Diego Superior Court that court users with disabilities have equal and full access to the court system. Persons with disabilities includes persons who have a physical or mental medical condition that limits one or more major life activities, have a record of such a condition, or are regarded as having such a condition. Examples of major life activities are:
Walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, or breathing; or
Caring for oneself
If an accommodation is needed, the court may provide aids and services, such as assistive listening devices and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, at no cost to court users.
Requesting an Accommodation
Accommodation requests are governed by Rule 1.100 of the California Rules of Court. The most effective method of requesting an accommodation is to complete the Request for Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities (Judicial Council Form MC-410), which may obtained at any court location. Once completed, the MC-410 Form may be submitted to the ADA Coordinator’s Office or the business office at the court location where you need the accommodation (if you have a pending court case, the location will be noted on your court paperwork) as indicated below.
ADA Coordinator’s Office:
San Diego Superior Court
Attention: ADA Coordinator
P.O. Box 120128
San Diego, CA 92112-0128
Requests may be submitted in person or by mail. Information on court locations and business hours can be found here.
Note: If court users are involved in more than one case, they must submit separate requests (i.e., separate MC-410 forms) for each case. Requests should be made as far in advance as possible, and in any event no fewer than 5 courts days before the requested implementation date.
Ex-parte Hearing Request for Accommodation
Court users needing an ADA accommodation for an ex-parte hearing must specify the accommodation needed when scheduling the ex-parte hearing regardless of whether an ongoing ADA accommodation has been granted. For certain types of accommodation, such as an ASL interpreter, the court may be unable to provide the accommodation unless it receives adequate advance notice.
Response to Request for Accommodation
The court will promptly inform applicants of the determination to grant or deny an accommodation request. If the accommodation request is denied in whole or in part, the court will provide court users with a written response and the reason(s) for the denial. If the specific accommodation requested is denied, the Court may provide an alternative accommodation.
Privacy of Requests for Accommodation
The court will keep an applicant’s information private unless they waive confidentiality or, in order for the court to rule on their request, the information must be disclosed to other parties (e.g., requesting a continuance in the case). (See Vesco v. Superior Court 21 Cal. App. 4th 275 (2013)).
Additional Information about Accommodations
For instructions, forms, and additional information, please use the links on the right side of this page.
For free tools that allow persons with visual disabilities to read documents in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, please visit http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/products/reader.html. These tools convert PDF documents into either HTML or ASCII text that can then be read by many screen-reading programs.
Jurors: Please contact the Jury Services Office at (619) 844-2800.