AmericanS with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The 54B District Court ensures that qualified individuals with disabilities have equal and full access to the judicial system. The following forms can be used to request accommodations by persons with disabilities. 

1. Procedure for Requesting Accommodations 
a. A request for accommodations under this policy may be presented in writing on a Request for Reasonable Accommodations and Response (SCAO-approved form MC 70), which shall be provided by the court, or orally as the court may allow. A written request must be made to Nicole Evans, Court Administrator/ADA Coordinator at the 54B District Court, 101 Linden Street, East Lansing, MI 48823

b. Requests for accommodations shall include a description of the accommodations sought, along with a statement of the functional impairment that necessitates the accommodation. The court, in its discretion, may require the applicant to provide additional information about the qualifying impairment. 

c. Requests should be made as far as possible in advance of the date of the court appearance or other court activity. 

d. The court will maintain the request in a separate confidential administrative file so as not to reveal the applicant’s identity or the information contained in the request. 

e. If the applicant is a party to a case, the request to the court will deal only with the accommodations necessary to provide access and will not deal in any manner with the subject matter or merits of the proceedings before the court. 

f. In determining whether to grant an accommodation and what that accommodation will be, the court will consider, but is not limited by, the applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; the ADA Amendments Act of 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Michigan Deaf Persons Interpreters Act, 1982 PA 204; the Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act, 1976 PA 220; and the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, 1976 PA 453. 

g. Before the ADA coordinator denies in whole or in part a request for an accommodation, the ADA coordinator will consult with the applicant to determine whether an alternative accommodation would be acceptable. If the applicant declines any proposed alternative, the ADA Coordinator will advise the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) Regional Administrator of the court’s intent to deny the request. If the ADA coordinator, after consulting with the SCAO Regional Administrator, decides to deny the request, the ADA coordinator will inform the applicant in writing of the reasons for denial and the basis upon which a request for accommodations is denied.

h. A request may be denied only if:

i. The applicant is not a qualified individual with a disability as defined in subsection 1 of this order; or 
ii. The requested accommodations would result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of the program, service, or activity; or 
iii. The requested accommodations would create an undue financial or administrative burden on the court. 

2. Duration and costs of accommodations 
The accommodations will start on the date indicated in the response to the request for accommodations and will remain in effect for the period specified. Accommodations will be provided at no cost to the applicant. 

3. Review procedure 

a. If the request is denied in whole or in part by the ADA coordinator, the applicant may request a further review on a Review of Request for Reasonable Accommodations and Response (SCAO-approved form MC 70a). The request must be submitted to the ADA coordinator for review by the chief judge. The chief judge will review the request and make a determination on the request for review before the proceeding or court service, activity, or program is held. 
b. If the chief judge denies the review request, then the applicant may submit a request to the State Court Administrator for a final determination. Forward requests for a review by the State Court Administrator to: 

State Court Administrator 
State Court Administrative Office 
Michigan Hall of Justice 
P.O. Box 30048 
Lansing, MI 48909 

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