Disability Access

The North Carolina Judicial Branch is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities have equal access to all court functions.

Overview

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to the services, programs, and activities of state and local governments. The North Carolina Judicial Branch is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities have equal access to all court functions.

Accommodation Requests

If you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation, contact the local Disability Access Coordinator for the county where the hearing or other court activity is scheduled. Your request will be addressed according to a statewide protocol.

Accessible Courthouse Facilities

Each county in North Carolina has the responsibility to provide an accessible courthouse building with needed ramps, elevators, assistive listening systems for courtrooms, proper signage, accessible restrooms, and other accessible features (G.S. 7A-302). Contact the county manager with any concerns about the courthouse building.

Access to Justice Video

This video addresses how to make our court system more accessible to individuals with disabilities. It describes general and specific accommodations that can be provided in court settings. Keep in mind that accommodations are person-specific so the examples are not exhaustive.

Compliance

A Grievance Procedure is available for complaints from the general public about compliance with the ADA. The N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC) has a Disability Access Coordinator who is identified in the grievance procedure and may be contacted with questions and requests for assistance that could not be answered locally.