Courthouse Accessibility

  • Accessibility Statement
  • Witness, Litigant, Attorney or Observer
  • Jury Service
  • Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Grievance Procedure
  • Resources

The Circuit Court of Cook County is committed to providing persons with disabilities with reasonable and appropriate accommodations consistent with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other state and federal laws. 

All Circuit Court of Cook County court facilities are ADA compliant.

The Circuit Court of Cook County will give primary consideration to the requests of individuals with disabilities.  Primary consideration means that the court will honor the choice of the individual, unless the court demonstrates that another equally effective accommodation is available, or that the requested accommodation would result in a fundamental alteration of court activities or undue financial and administrative burdens.

 

To Request an Accommodation at a Court Facility

To request an accommodation, please select the tab to the left that best describes why you are coming to court.  If you are deaf or hard of hearing, why you are coming to court does not apply; just select the tab, “Deaf or Hard of Hearing.”  

To File a Grievance

In circumstances where an individual believes the court and its employees have not complied with the provisions of this policy, an individual has a right to file a grievance.  Select the “Grievance Procedure” tab to the left for details.

If you are appearing in a court proceeding as a witness, litigant, an attorney or observer and have a disability other than deafness or hard of hearing, a request for accommodation or services shall be made 14 days in advance of the proceeding, whenever possible.  The request shall be as specific as possible and include a description of the accommodation sought and the date, time and location where the accommodation is needed. 

The request shall be made using a Request for Accommodation Form.   

Mail the request to:
Court Disability Coordinator
69 West Washington Street, Suite 3300
Chicago, Illinois 60602 

The request may also be sent via e-mail to ocj.accommodations@cookcountyil.gov. or sent via facsimile to (312) 603-1929.

The Court Disability Coordinator shall respond in writing, and, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the requestor within seven (7) days from the date the request was received. 

If you are deaf or hard of hearing and are appearing in a court proceeding as a witness, litigant, an attorney or observer, please select the tab “Deaf or Hard of Hearing.”

For questions, contact the Court Disability Coordinator:

(312) 603-1915
(312) 603-1914  (TTY)

If you have received a summons for jury service and have a disability other than deafness or hard of hearing, a request for accommodation or services shall be made 14 days in advance of the day you are scheduled to report for jury service, whenever possible.  The request shall be made as specific as possible and include a description of the accommodation sought and the date and location where the accommodation is needed. 

The request shall be made using a Request for Accommodation Form.

Mail the request to:

Disability Coordinator, Office of Jury Administration
50 West Washington Street, Suite 1000
Chicago, Illinois 60602 

Or the request may be sent via facsimile to (312) 603-5460.

The Disability Coordinator shall respond in writing, and, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the requestor within seven (7) days from the date the request was received.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have received a summons for jury service, please select the tab “Deaf or Hard of Hearing.”

For questions, the Office of Jury Administration:

(312) 603-5879
(773) 674-3213  (TTY)

If you are deaf or hard of hearing and are reporting for jury service, appearing as a witness, litigant or attorney in court proceeding or wish to observe a court proceeding, a request for accommodation or services shall be made 14 days in advance of the proceeding, whenever possible.  The request shall be as specific as possible and include a description of the accommodation sought and the date, time and location where the accommodation is needed.

The request shall be made using a Request for Accommodation Form

The request can be sent via e-mail to ocj.deafhardofhearingaccess@cookcountyil.gov or sent via facsimile to (773) 674-3242.

The Office of Interpreter Services shall respond in writing, and, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the requestor within seven (7) days from the date the request was received.  

Accommodations for the deaf or hard of hearing may include the services of a sign language interpreter, assistive listening devices, Computer Access Realtime Translation (CART) or oral interpreting.

For questions, call the Office of Interpreter Services:

DHHA Voice: (773) 674-2468
Main Office:   (773) 674-3210
TTY:             (773) 674-3213 

In circumstances where an individual believes the court and its employees have not complied with the provisions of this policy, an individual has a right to file a grievance.  The grievance shall be filed within seven (7) days after the person filing the grievance becomes aware of the action or inaction in response to a request for accommodation.

The grievance shall be in writing using a grievance form

The grievance may be mailed to:

Court Disability Coordinator
69 West Washington Street, Suite 3300
Chicago, Illinois 60602

The grievance form may also be-mailed to the Court Disability Coordinator at ocj.accommodations@cookcountyil.gov  or sent via facsimile to (312) 603-1929.

Within seven (7) days of receipt of the grievance, the Court Disability Coordinator or a designee may meet with the grievant, either in person or by telephone, to discuss the grievance and possible resolutions if the Court Disability Coordinator determines that such a meeting would be helpful in reaching a determination.  Within seven (7) days of the meeting or within 14 days of the grievance, if there is no meeting, the Court Disability Coordinator shall respond to the grievance in writing and, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the grievant. 

If the response of the Court Disability Coordinator does not resolve the issue to the satisfaction of the grievant, the grievant may, within seven (7) days of the written response of the Court Disability Coordinator, appeal the decision to the Chief Judge or a designee.  The appeal may be sent via e-mail to ocj.accommodations@cookcountyil.gov or mailed to the Chief Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, 50 West Washington Street, Suite 2600, Richard J. Daley Center, Chicago, Illinois 60602.  The appeal must be in writing and set forth the reasons for the appeal.  Within fourteen days of the receipt of the appeal, the Chief Judge or a designee will respond in writing with a final resolution of the appeal.

For information on ADA paratransit service in traveling to and from a courthouse, contact:

RTA Travel Information Center
(312)836-7000, city or suburbs (voice)
TTY: (312)836-4949
Toll Free TTY: (800)439-2202

Monday through Friday
5 a.m. until 1 a.m.

www.rtachicago.com


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