Requesting Accommodations in Court

Authored By: Florida Justice Technology Center

FAQ

What rights do I have to an accomodation in court?

If you are an individual with a disability who needs an accommodation in order to participate in a court proceeding or other court service, program, or activity, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to certain assistance.    

How can I make a request for an accomodation? 

Requests for accommodations may be made by form, in another written format, or orally.  

When should I make my request for an accomodation? 

Make the request to the court as far in advance as possible, but preferably at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance or other court activity.

What are examples of accomodations provided by Florida Courts? 

The Florida State Courts System will make reasonable modifications in policies, practices, and procedures; furnish auxiliary aids and services; and afford program accessibility through the provision of accessible facilities, the relocation of services or programs, or the provision of services at alternative sites, as appropriate and necessary. 

 

Examples of auxiliary aids or services that the State Courts System may provide for qualified individuals with disabilities include:

  • Assistive listening devices 
  • Qualified ASL or other types of interpreters for persons with hearing loss
  • Communication access real-time translation / Real-time transcription services
  • Accessible formats such as large print, Braille, electronic document, or audio tapes
  • Qualified readers 

How much will the accomodation cost me? 

Accommodations that are granted by the state courts are made at no cost to qualified individuals with disabilities. For some individuals with disabilities who appear in the courtroom as part of their employment duties, costs may be shared by the individual's employer and the courts.

Do I need to prove I need an accomodation? 

If your disability that is not obvious, or it is not readily apparent how a requested accommodation relates to an individual’s impairment, the court may need you to provide documentation from a qualified health care provider for the court to fully and fairly evaluate your accommodation request.

These information requests will be limited to documentation that (a) establishes the existence of a disability; (b) identifies your functional limitations; and (c) describes how the requested accommodation addresses those limitations. Any cost to see a qualified health care provider to get documentation is paid for by the person requesting the accommodation. 

 

Updated: May 8, 2017 

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