Access to the Court for People with Disabilities
The Eighteenth Judicial Circuit of Illinois is proactive in providing equal access to the court for people with disabilities. The following are some of the initiative provided by the court.
Request for Accommodation under the ADA
- Administrative Order 12-31 in the matter of Policy on Access for Persons with Disabilities
- Request for Reasonable Accommodation (Form 18-1)
- Guide for Access for Persons with Disabilities (Form 18-2)
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (Form 18-3)
- Grievance Form (Form 18-4)
Request for Accommodations
Requests for accommodations should be directed to Court Disability Coordinator - 18th Judicial Circuit
Office of the Chief Judge
505 N. County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone: 630-407-8825 Email: CDC@18thjudicial.org
Assisted Listening Devices for Courtrooms
Each courtroom can be equipped with a Sennheiser Infrared Assistive Listening System. This system includes a stationary IR Emitter unit and portable infrared receivers with lightweight headphones. Contact the Court Disability Coordinator, Jury Commission or Court Administration to have a device placed in the courtroom.
Building Access and Accommodations
The buildings and facilities used by the courts are fully compliant with barriers and signage requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Tablets with VRI (Video Remote Interpreting) Services
In DuPage County, we have several portable devices that can utilize VRI services. These devices can be found in the Chief Judges Office.
Real-time Court Reporters for a Person with a Hearing Impairment - Available upon Request
Court Reporters capable of real-time captioning are available by prior arrangement, in court cases involving hearing-impaired participants. Through this technology, the court reporter's symbols are fed into the computer which are then translated into the English language and appear on the computer screen to allow the deaf or hearing-impaired person to read the testimony as it is being given in the Court proceeding.
Reserved Accessible Parking
There are numerous reserved parking spaces located within easy access near the entrances to our facilities.
Sign Language Interpreters
Whenever a person with a hearing impairment is party to any legal proceeding, chosen as a juror, or called as a witness, the Court in all instances appoints a qualified, nationally certified interpreter of sign language to interpret the proceedings. In the case of a hearing impaired juror, the interpreter shall be available throughout the actual trial and may accompany and communicate with such juror throughout any period during which the jury is sequestered or engaged in its deliberations.
Website ADA Compliance
We are working to make our website compliant with the 36 CFR Part 1194, Section 508, Americans with Disabilities Act Guidelines.
Wheelchair - Available upon Request
Wheelchairs are available in the DuPage County Courthouse on a first come, first serve basis. If you have questions please contact the DuPage County Courthouse Security Desk at 1-630-407-2014.
The court is open to your suggestions to enhance your access to our facilities and services. Please email your comments and suggestions for the court to: CDC@18thjudicial.org.