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.
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 officer, 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.
Telephones equipped with TTY Devices
In DuPage County, there are two phones equipped with TTY text telephones. One is located in the Chief Judges Office for incoming calls and the other is placed in the Jury Commission for outgoing calls.
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 by request. If you need this service 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: Court.Administrator@dupageco.org .