Superior Court of California, San Bernardino County

Superior Court of California, San Bernardino County

Americans with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and State law require all state and local governmental entities, including the courts, to provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities. The ADA benefits people who have an interest in court activities, programs and services. In 1996 the Judicial Council of California, the policy-making body for the courts, adopted California Rule of Court 1.100 to implement the ADA in the state court system.

The Superior Court is dedicated to ensuring that all qualified individuals with disabilities have equal and full access to the judicial system. The Court has designated an ADA Coordinator at each Court facility to carry out that facility's compliance with the nondiscriminatory requirements of the ADA.

Under the ADA, State law, and court rules, a person is entitled to an accommodation if he/she is a person with a disability. This means that person has a physical or mental impairment that limits one or more major life activities.

Service animals are permitted in court facilities. The ADA defines service animals as dogs or miniature horses that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work, or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls. Service animals may go to all areas of the court where customers are normally allowed.

Request for Special Accommodation

Persons with disabilities who require a special accommodation may request the needed accommodation by filling out the Judicial Council form MC-410, Request for Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities and Response form.
Note: If you are involved in more than one court case, you must submit a separate MC-410 form for each case.

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

The Court must keep confidential all information on the applicant concerning the request for accommodation, unless confidentiality is waived in writing by the applicant or disclosure is required by law. Confidential information includes all medical information pertaining to the applicant, and all oral or written communication from the applicant concerning the request for accommodation.

Forms are available on the right side of this page, at the Clerk's office or by mail upon request. The completed form must be submitted to staff in the courtroom, at the public counter, or mailed to the courthouse at issue.
Note: Please allow 30 days for processing your request.

ADA Coordinator Information

Pursuant to the ADA, the Court has designated an ADA Coordinator at each Court facility to carry out each facility's compliance with the nondiscriminatory requirements of the ADA. For further information, questions, or concerns please contact the appropriate courthouse ADA Coordinator.
Jurors: Please contact the Jury Services Office at 909-884-1858 or 1-866-402-5879

Services Provided

The accommodation by the court must be provided for the duration indicated in the response to the request for accommodation, and must remain in effect for the period specified. The Court may provide an accommodation for an indefinite period of time, for a limited period of time, or for a particular matter or appearance. Current services offered include:

Assistive Listening System (ALS)
  • Portable Assistive Listening Systems (ALS) are available and may be requested from courtroom staff or the facility's ADA Coordinator.
Interpreter Services
  • Any party in a case requiring a sign language interpreter service and may be requested from courtroom staff or the facility's ADA Coordinator.
Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART)
  • Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) Service is available for people who are deaf or hearing impaired and may be requested from courtroom staff or the facility's ADA Coordinator.