In accordance with the requirements of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), the Indiana Supreme Court will not discriminate against qualified individuals with either physical or mental disabilities in its services, programs, or activities.
The Indiana Supreme Court does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under title I of the ADA.
The Indiana Supreme court will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in the Indiana Supreme Court's programs, services, and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments.
The Indiana Supreme Court will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services, and activities. For example, individuals with service animals are welcomed in the Indiana Supreme Court's offices, even where pets are generally prohibited.
Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity of the Indiana Supreme Court should contact the office of the ADA Coordinator as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.
The ADA does not require the Indiana Supreme Court to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.
Complaints that a program, service, or activity of the Indiana Supreme Court is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to the ADA Coordinator:
ADA Coordinator for Indiana Supreme Court
Division of State Court Administration
30 S Meridian St., Suite 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
The Indiana Supreme Court will not place a surcharge on a particular individual with a disability or any group of individuals with disabilities to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy, such as retrieving items from locations that are open to the public but are not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs.
This Grievance Procedure is established to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"). It may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits by the Indiana Supreme Court, including its agencies, that is, Supreme Court Administration, the Clerk of the Appellate Courts, the Division of State Court Administration, Disciplinary Commission, Board of Law Examiners, State Public Defender, and Judges, Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP). The Indiana Supreme Court's Handbook for Employees governs employment-related complaints of disability discrimination.
The complaint should be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination such as name, address, phone number of complainant and location, date, and description of the problem. Alternative means of filing complaints, such as personal interviews or a tape recording of the complaint, will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request.
The complaint should be submitted by the grievant and/or his/her designee as soon as possible but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation to:
ADA Coordinator for the Indiana Supreme Court and its agencies
30 S. Meridian St., Suite 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint, the ADA Coordinator or her designee will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and the possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days of the meeting, the ADA Coordinator or her designee will respond in writing, and where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, such as large print, Braille, or audio tape. The response will explain the position of the Indiana Supreme Court and offer options for substantive resolution of the complaint.
If the response by the ADA Coordinator or her designee does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant and/or his/her designee may appeal the decision within 15 calendar days after receipt of the response to the Executive Director of the Indiana Supreme Court agency providing the service at issue.
Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the appeal, the Executive Director will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days after the meeting, the Executive Director will respond in writing, and, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, with a final resolution of the complaint.
All written complaints received by the ADA Coordinator or her designee, appeals to the Executive Directors, and responses from those offices will be retained by the Indiana Supreme Court for at least three years.
Indiana Courts are committed to providing all people with equal access to the courts. To this end, it strives to make reasonable accommodations for court users with disabilities consistent with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Indiana Code 34-45-1-3 which provides, "Every person who cannot speak or understand the English language or who because of hearing, speaking or other impairment has difficult in communicating with other persons, and who is a party to or a witness in a civil proceeding is entitled to an interpreter to assist the person throughout the proceeding."
If you have a disability and anticipate needing an accommodation, please contact the bailiff of the the court in which the proceeding is taking place. It is recommended that you make your request at least 10 days prior to the date you need your accommodation, if possible. All requests for accommodation will be given due consideration and if necessary may require an interactive process between the requester and the court to determine the best course of action.
If you believe your request for accommodation to your local court has been denied and you have been excluded from participating in any court program because of this denial, you may contact Brenda Rodeheffer for assistance at 317-234-3936, 30 S. Meridian Street, Suite 500, Indianapolis, IN 46204.