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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

ADA Accommodations

The Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, makes all reasonable efforts to accommodate the needs of members of the public with impairments or disabilities and to ensure the equal access to justice for all members of the public.  Accommodations may be made for a variety of reasons and in a variety of ways.

Most requests for accommodations of an ordinary nature can be easily and expeditiously provided. Complicated or extraordinary requests shall be submitted on Judicial Council  form MC-410 to the Court's ADA Coordinator at the address to the right.  All requests should be submitted according to the following guidelines (CA Rule of Court 1.100 (c)):

  1. Requests for accommodations under this rule may be presented ex parte on a form approved by the Judicial Council, in another written format, or orally. Requests must be forwarded to the ADA coordinator, also known as the access coordinator, or designee, within the time frame provided in (c)(3). 
  2. 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 about the impairment. 
  3. Requests for accommodations must be made as far in advance as possible, and in any event must be made no fewer than 5 court days before the requested implementation date. The court may, in its discretion, waive this requirement. 
  4. The court must keep confidential all information of the applicant concerning the request for accommodation, unless confidentiality is waived in writing by the applicant or disclosure is required by law. The applicant's identity and confidential information may not be disclosed to the public or to persons other than those involved in the accommodation process. Confidential information includes all medical information pertaining to the applicant, and all oral or written communication from the applicant concerning the request for accommodation.

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