The Erie County Court of Common Pleas and all Magisterial District Courts within the Sixth Judicial District of Pennsylvania (collectively “Erie County Courts”) comply with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).
The ADA provides, in part, that “no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity.” A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the individual’s major life activities (i.e. functions such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, or working).
If you are an individual with a disability in need of accommodation in order to participate in any judicial proceeding or other Erie County Courts service, program or activity, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. The ADA does not, however, require the judiciary to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.
You may request an accommodation by completing the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania’s Request for Reasonable Accommodation Form and submitting it to the ADA Coordinator for the Erie County Courts at the below address or by fax or e-mail as follows:
Requests should be made as soon as possible or at least three business days prior to any hearing or business before the court. Provision of some accommodations requires additional time and, therefore, it is important that the ADA Coordinator receive as much notice of your need for accommodation as possible. If you need assistance with making your request, you should contact the ADA Coordinator. Complaints alleging violation of the ADA may be filed pursuant to the Erie County Courts’ Grievance Procedure.
The Erie County Courthouse is wheelchair accessible by using the main entrance at 140 West Sixth Street. Parking for persons with disabilities is located in the parking lot west of the courthouse.