If you have a disability you may request a reasonable accommodation to participate in a court proceeding.
|Reasonable accommodations by Superior Court Judge John Wulle allowed Chad Norris and his service dog to participate on a criminal trial jury.|
Requests for accommodation for people with disabilities must meet all the requirements of General Court Rule 33 (PDF).
Reasonable accommodations help people with disabilities to more fully and meaningfully participate in court proceedings.
A reasonable accommodation could be, but is not limited to:
- A sign language interpreter.
- Changes to a courtroom’s layout to improve lighting, hearing, or mobility.
- Large print or high contrast documents and forms.
- Extended time for hearings and recesses.
- Assistive listening and seeing devices.
- Complete the Request for Reasonable Accommodation form. (PDF) (DOC)
If you have questions or need help completing the form, please contact an ADA Coordinator or call the Clerk’s Office at (360) 397-2292 or (360) 397-2287.
Your request will become public record and can be viewed by the public and other court participants.
- Submit the completed form to an ADA Coordinator.
Please submit your request at least 5 days before your court date. Requests received later than that will only be considered and granted if possible.
Jeff Amram, ADA Coordinator
Mail: Clark County Superior Court, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000
Phone: (360) 397-2150, Relay Service 711 or (800) 833-6388
FAX: (360) 397-6078
Ela Selga, ADA Coordinator
Mail: Clark County Superior Court, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000WA 98666-5000
Phone: (360) 397-2424, Relay Service 711 or (800) 833-6388
- Provide more information if necessary.
More medical or health information may be requested by the Court to determine the need and type of accommodation. You may be asked by the Court to submit form “Sealed Medical and Health Information (Cover Sheet) WPF All Cases 01.033” (PDF) that shall be sealed automatically by the Court and will not be available to the public.
An ADA coordinator will review your form and notify you of the decision to approve or deny your request by contacting you in the manner you requested and by sending you a written Notice of Accommodation.
The notice will tell you about the type of accommodation that was approved and who to contact to receive the accommodation. If your request for an accommodation was not approved, the notice will tell you why and explain the appeal process to you.
A request for an accommodation will be granted unless:
- It is impossible for the court to provide the requested accommodation on the date of the proceeding; and the proceeding cannot be continued without prejudice to a party to the proceeding.
- It is impractical for the court to provide the requested accommodation on the date of the proceeding; and the proceeding cannot be continued without prejudice to a party to the proceeding.
- It would cause undue burden to the county.
- It would fundamentally alter the court proceeding.
- It would threaten someone’s safety or well-being.
For more information on decision requirements and process, view General Court Rule 33 (PDF).
If your request is denied, you may appeal the decision. You can submit your appeal to an ADA Coordinator in writing or verbally, or have someone present it for you in person. Appeals must be received within 5 days after your request was denied.
An ADA coordinator will contact you within 5 days of receipt of your appeal to discuss the decision, and when possible work with you to approve your request or find alternate accommodations.
To best suit your needs, forms are provided in two formats – Adobe (PDF) and Microsoft Word (DOC). Both formats allow you download the form and type your information, or print the form and complete it with a pen.
- Request for Reasonable Accommodation (PDF) (DOC)
- Sealed Medical and Health Information Cover Sheet (PDF) (DOC)
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