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Location: Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room 116
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The Court complies with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. California Rule of Court section 1.100 requires that all California courts ensure that persons with disabilities have equal and full access to the judicial system, including court proceedings, services, programs and activities. For more information on this topic, including answers to the most frequently asked questions, please click here.

Individuals may request an accommodation by completing Form MC-410 Request for Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities. This form is available in the Clerk's Office, Court Administration or the courtroom. For assistance, please contact the Court's ADA Coordinator.

Service Dogs

Service animals are permitted in the courthouse subject to federal ADA regulations. The ADA defines a “service animal” as any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other disability. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is “the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship” are not considered service dogs under the ADA.

The Department of Justice published revised final regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for title II (State and local government services) and title III (public accommodations and commercial facilities) on September 15, 2010, in the Federal Register. These requirements, or rules, clarify and refine issues that have arisen over the past 20 years and contain new, and updated, requirements, including 2010 Standards for Accessible Design (2010 Standards).


This publication provides guidance on the term “service animal” and the service animal provisions in the Department’s new regulations.

  • Beginning on March 15, 2011, only dogs are recognized as service animals under titles II and III of the ADA.
  • A service animal is a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.
  • Generally, title II and title III entities must permit service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas where members of the public are allowed to go.

Other useful information about laws, rules and procedures designed to assist persons with disabilities may be found at the following links:


The court is committed to ensuring public access for every court user. This commitment extends to court staff, job seekers, legal professionals, litigants, defendants and witnesses. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to seek accommodations from the court.
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