ADA Accessibility: Access to the Court for People With Special Needs
Court Disability Coordinator
The Circuit Court has appointed Deputy Court Administrator Michael Smith to serve as its Court Disability Coordinator (CDC). The CDC shall on behalf of the Circuit Court be responsible for implementing this policy, overseeing all training efforts related to this policy, processing all of the forms referenced herein, and maintaining all records related to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact information for the CDC is as follows:
Michael Smith, Deputy Court Administrator
Court Administration Office
400 West State Street, Room 215
Rockford, Illinois 61101
Phone: (815) 319-4806
Auxiliary Aids and Services
- Assisted Listening Devices for Courtrooms: Most every courtroom is equipped with an infrared assistive listening system. This system includes stationary infrared (IR) emitter in each location and portable infrared receivers with a choice of stereo lightweight headphones, neck loops or inductors for use with the individual's personal T-coil hearing aid. Portable Assistive Listening Devices available for use in our Juvenile Courts, if needed. Contact the Court Bailiff or Court Administration to check-out a device.
- Building Access and Accommodations: The buildings and facilities used by the courts are fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act building and signage requirements.
- Sign Language Interpreters: Whenever a deaf person is party to any legal proceeding, chosen as a juror, or called as a witness, the Court in all instances appoints a qualified, certified interpreter of sign language to interpret the proceedings. In the case of a deaf juror, the interpreter shall be available throughout the actual trial and may accompany and communicate with such juror throughout any period during which the jury is sequestered or engaged in its deliberations.
- Low Vision Aids: Upon request the court can make available low vision assistive devices to assist with reading documents. Available equipment includes a Humanware Prodigi Desktop and optical magnification screens.
- Real-time Court Reporters: Court Reporters capable of real-time captioning are available by prior arrangement in court cases. Through this technology, the court reporter's symbols are fed into the computer which are then translated into the English language and appear on a computer screen to allow a person to read the testimony as it is being given in the Court proceeding.
- Reserved Parking for Persons with Disabilities: There are numerous reserved parking spaces located on the street or in parking lots near the entrances to our facilities.
- Telephone Relay Services: Although the court does not have TTY capability, we encourage persons with hearing or speech impairments who wish to communicate with the court to contact the ILLINOIS RELAY CENTER at: 1-800-526-0844, who has staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Wheelchair Availability: Wheelchairs are available at the main entrances of the Boone and Winnebago County Courthouses. Security at the entrance can direct patrons to their location. A wheelchair is also available at the Winnebago County Jury Commission Office.
The court is open to your suggestions to enhance your access to our facilities and services.