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Americans with Disabilities Act

The 29th Judicial District complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that provides 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”.  42 U.S.C.A. §12132.  Pursuant to that requirement, if you are an individual with a disability who needs an accommodation in order to participate in any judicial proceeding or any other service, program, or activity of the 29th Judicial District, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance.  The ADA does not require the 29th Judicial District to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.

If you require an accommodation under the ADA, it is recommended that you make your request as soon as possible or at least five (5) business days before your scheduled participation in any court proceeding, program or activity of the 29th Judicial District.  All requests for accommodation, regardless of timeliness, will be given due consideration and if necessary, may require an interactive process between the requestor and the 29th Judicial District to determine the best course of action.

To request a reasonable accommodation, please complete the Request for Accommodation Form found below and return it to Court Scheduling via email, mail or fax.

Email:  courtscheduling@lyco.org

Mail:  

Office of the District Court Administrator
Lycoming County
48 West 3rd Street, Williamsport, PA  17701

Phone:  570-327-2330

Fax:  (570) 327-2293

If you need assistance completing this form, please contact Court Scheduling listed above.

Complaints alleging violations of Title II under the ADA may be filed pursuant to the UJS Grievance Procedure with April McDonald, Lycoming County ADA Coordinator, at 570-327-2330. For more information, please see Americans with Disabilities Act Grievance Procedure below.


To submit an Americans With Disabilities Act Request for Accommodation Form,

please do the following... 

  • Click on the link below titled "Request for ADA Accommodation Form"
  • Electronically fill out the form on-line
  • When you are done filling out the form, click on the download button found in the upper right hand corner of the document.
  • Save the form to your computer
  • Email the form as an attachment to courtscheduling@lyco.org

OR

  • Click on the link below titled "Request for ADA Accommodation Form"
  • Print the form
  • Fill it out by hand
  • Mail or Fax to the above address or fax number provided

Request for an ADA Accommodation Form 

If you need assistance completing this form, please contact Court Scheduling listed above.


AMERICANS WITH DISABILITES (TITLE II) ACT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

 

This grievance procedure is established for the prompt resolution of complaints alleging any violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the provision of services, programs, or activities by the 29th Judicial District.  If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete the grievance form, or need this form in an alternate format, please contact Court Scheduling at courtscheduling@lyco.org, by mail at Office of the District Court Administrator, Lycoming County, 48 West 3rd Street, Williamsport, PA 17701, or by telephone at 570-327-2330.

To file a complaint under the Grievance Procedure please take the following steps:

  1. Complete the complaint form and return to April McDonald, ADA Coordinator, contact information noted above. Alternative means of filing complaints will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request.  The complaint should be submitted as soon as possible but no later than sixty (60) calendar days after the alleged violation.
  1. Within fifteen (15) calendar days of receipt of the complaint, the ADA Coordinator, or designee, will investigate the complaint, including, meeting with the individual seeking an accommodation, either in person or via telephone, to discuss the complaint and the possible resolutions.  Within fifteen (15) calendar days of the meeting, the ADA Coordinator, or designee, will respond in writing, and where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant.  The response will explain the position of the 29th Judicial District and offer options for substantive resolution of the complaint.
  1. If the response to the complaint does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant may appeal the decision within fifteen (15) calendar days after receipt of the response to the District Court Administrator, or designee. Within fifteen (15) calendar days after receipt of the appeal, the District Court Administrator, or designee, will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions.  Within fifteen (15) calendar days after the meeting, the District Court Administrator, or designee, will respond in writing, and, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, with a final resolution of the complaint.

This grievance procedure is informal.  An individual’s participation in this informal process is completely voluntary.  Use of this grievance procedure is not a prerequisite to and does not preclude a complainant from pursuing other remedies available under law.

The UJS Policy on Non-Discrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity also encompasses disability-related issues and provides complaint procedures for UJS court users.  Any employment-related disability discrimination complaints will be governed by the UJS Policy on Nondiscrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity.


To submit an Americans With Disabilities Act Grievance, please do the following...

  • Click on the link below titled "ADA Grievance Form"
  • Electronically fill out the form on-line
  • When you are done filling out the form, click on the download button found in the upper right hand corner of the document.
  • Save the form to your computer
  • Email the form as an attachment to courtscheduling@lyco.org 

OR

  • Click on the link below titled "Submit an ADA Grievance Form"
  • Print the form
  • Fill it out by hand
  • Mail or Fax to the above address or fax number provided

ADA Grievance Form

 If you need assistance completing this form, please contact Court Scheduling listed above.


 

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