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DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS IN COURT

It is the policy of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange to ensure that persons with disabilities have equal and full access to the judicial system. Orange County Justice Centers have on-site ADA Coordinators to assist with accommodation requests. The Judicial Council of California created the pamphlet Disability Accommodations in California Courts (PDF) to explain how California courts meet ADA requirements.

NOTICE REGARDING MASKS

Pursuant to Fourth Amended Administrative Order 20/16 dated July 30, 2021 , the court requires every person (over the age of two) entering a courthouse to wear a face mask.
If you have a medical condition or disability that prevents you from wearing a mask or face covering and must come into court, please contact the ADA Coordinator or ADA Liaison at your courthouse to request an accommodation under Cal. Rule of Court 1.100. California Rules of Court, Rule 1.100(c)(3) requires that you make your request at least five (5) days before your appearance or appointment, or as soon as possible.

REQUEST FOR ACCOMMODATIONS BY PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

If you have a disability and need an accommodation, you may request an accommodation by using the Judicial Council Form MC-410, Request for Accommodation by Persons with Disability and Response. Instructions to fill the form are available at Judicial Council Form MC-410-Info, How to Request a Disability Accommodation for Court. You may also obtain assistance at a local Court. Please make your request as far in advance as you can, but at least five (5) days before your appearance or appointment. More time allows the Court to better respond to requests for accommodation. You may submit your completed form:

  1. Via e-mail to the Court’s ADA Coordinator at ADAInformation@OCCourts.org or the postal address below
  2. Via e-filing in the court record for your case.
  3. In person at the clerk’s office filing window or to the ADA Liaison at your courthouse
  4. By submitting it to the Department or courtroom hearing your case.

Jurors can also submit requests to the Juror Services Department identified on your jury summons.

ADA COORDINATOR

For general questions or to request a copy of the form by mail, please contact the Court’s ADA Coordinator by email at ADAInformation@OCcourts.org , in person, by phone at (657)-622-7769, or via mail at

ADA Coordinator
Central Justice Center
700 West Civic Center Drive
Santa Ana CA 92701

ADA COURTHOUSE INFORMATION

For information about accessibility at a specific Courthouse please click on the link below.

Floor Plans, Facilities, Services, And ADA Accommondations

  1. Central Justice Center
  2. Civil Complex Center
  3. Harbor Justice Center (Newport Beach)
  4. Lamoreaux Justice Center
  5. North Justice Center
  6. West Justice Center

Forms

  • MC-410 - Request for Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities and Response
Grievance Procedure

Superior Court Phone List

THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights statute that requires all state and local governmental entities, including the courts, to accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities who have an interest in court services, programs, and activities. The Superior Court does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or in the admission and access to its services, programs, or activities. The Court has designated an ADA Coordinator and ADA Liaisons at each Courthouse to ensure that facility's compliance with the requirements of the ADA.

AVAILABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The Court has several services and technologies available to make Court services, programs, and activities accessible to as many people as possible. If you have questions about accommodations that may be available, please contact the Courthouse’s ADA Liaison (ADAInformation@OCcourts.org or the Court’s ADA Coordinator at (657) 622-7769. The ADA does not provide to individuals with disabilities personal devices, such as wheelchairs; individually prescribed devices, such as prescription eyeglasses or hearing aids; readers for personal use or study; or services of a personal nature including assistance in eating, toileting, or dressing.



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COURTHOUSE EVACUATION PROTOCOL FOR PERSONS WITH ACCESS OR FUNCTIONAL NEEDS

Any member of the public with access or functional needs who is requesting assistance during an evacuation should flag down the first available Orange County Sheriff Department (OCSD) staff member, or request a court staff member contact OCSD. Once contacted, the individual should remain in the nearest stairwell landing until First Responders arrive, additional communication is provided, or it is no longer safe to remain.


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