Courts generally know how to provide reasonable accommodations or modifications for persons with mobility challenges, or for persons who have visual or auditory impairments. However, it is much more difficult for litigants, witnesses, jurors, and attorneys with psychiatric or intellectual challenges to request and receive reasonable accommodations to allow them equal access to the court proceedings. This session will survey state efforts to address this issue, explore what some of these accommodations should be, and discuss how to advocate successfully for systemic improvement in the courts.
Learning Goals and Objectives:
Reasonable Modifications in Court for Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities - Kate Nemens, J.D., and Megan Mauskapf, J.D., Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, Boston, MA (MHLAC); Miriam Ruttenberg, J.D., Committee for Public Counsel Services, Boston, MA