Court Accessibility Support
York Region Court Accessibility Coordinators are responsible for responding to accommodation and accessibility needs in each courthouse, to ensure people with all abilities have equal access to justice. The Court Accessibility Coordinator will work with you to determine the type of assistance or accommodation you require.
Assistance and Accommodation Services
The services below are examples only and may not be suitable for use in all cases. Staff will work with you to determine the most appropriate accommodation.
- Assistive listening devices
- Visual language interpretation such as American Sign Language (ASL)
- Real-time captioning or Communication-Access Real Time
- Scheduling of meetings or proceedings in rooms that can accommodate your disability
- Communication support for people who have difficulty speaking and use alternate ways of communicating
- Accessible or alternative formats of documents, such as large print
- Service animals are welcome on premises in all areas open to the public
- A disability-related support person may be used; however, they may be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement and their role may need to be agreed upon prior to the meeting or court proceeding
- Parties or participants that are unable to attend the court hearing by remote means (do not have access to the required device or technology)
Before You Attend Court
For court proceedings, a judicial official may need to approve the use of some types of assistive devices and technologies as well as the role of a support person. The courthouse Accessibility Coordinator can provide information about how to make a request to a judicial official.
Court staff and the courthouse Accessibility Coordinators cannot provide legal advice, including advice on legal procedures to any member of the public or any party (including people with disabilities) in a legal proceeding.
If you are going to court, contact a York Region Court Accessibility Coordinator at 1-877-331-3309 or accessibility coordinator. Please provide as much advance notice as possible.