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Americans with Disabilities Act

Accommodations

Employees/Applicants

The Alabama Middle District (ALMD) is committed to complying with all applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It is our policy not to discriminate against any qualified employee or applicant with regard to any terms or conditions of employment because of such individual’s disability or perceived disability so long as the employee can perform the essential functions of the job. Consistent with this policy of nondiscrimination, the ALMD will provide reasonable accommodations to a qualified individual with a disability, as defined by the ADA, who has made us aware of his or her disability, provided that such accommodation does not constitute an undue hardship on the ALMD. Employees with a disability who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to perform the essential functions of their job should contact the Human Resources Department. The Court encourages individuals with disabilities to come forward and request reasonable accommodation.

Courthouse Visitors

The Alabama Middle District is committed to a policy of equal access to our facilities and services. It is the responsibility of all staff to adhere to this policy of equal access to ALMD resources. We recognize that the ADA does not apply to the federal judiciary. However, pursuant to Judicial Conference Policy, the ALMD seeks to make available reasonable and appropriate accommodations designed to provide access to our resources for users with self-disclosed disabilities. These accommodations are individual in nature; please be sure to let us know how we may assist you.

Interpreter Services

Interpreters provide language support locally for hearings at the court’s three courthouses (Montgomery, Dothan, and Opelika). Interpreters are appointed only in proceedings instituted by the United States. In all other proceedings, it is up to the parties to contract and compensate interpreters. However, it is the policy of the Judicial Conference that all Federal courts provide reasonable accommodations to persons with communications disabilities in all court proceedings, including sign language interpreters or other appropriate auxiliary aids and services.

Hearing Devices

Hearing devices are available for jurors who request them. When you arrive, please let the jury administrator know if you are in need of a hearing device. During the initial assembly, the juror administrator will ask the panel if anyone is having difficulty hearing and will offer a hearing device at that time as well.

Entrances

At the Montgomery courthouse, the Church Street Plaza entrance and the Lee Street entrance are wheelchair-accessible. Jury boxes and witness boxes (with the exception of the historic 2FMJ courtroom) also have wheelchair-accessible ramps or lifts.

Parking

There are a limited number of public handicapped parking spaces around the Church Street and Lee Street intersection that are near entrances to the Montgomery courthouse.