Request for ADA Accommodations

The 12th Judicial Circuit complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which requires that reasonable accommodations be provided on request to qualified persons with disabilities in order that they might fully participate in court programs, services and activities.

Read the Administrative Order regarding the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990

If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in a court proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance.

Contact Information

The Jury Office of the Clerk of Courts in each county of the 12th Judicial Circuit has been designated as the initial contact for ADA-related matters and shall screen calls, handle the request if it pertains to a function of the Clerk’s office, or obtain pertinent information in order to forward the request to the appropriate office.

Sarasota County

Please contact Sarasota County Jury Office, P.O. Box 3079, Sarasota, Florida 34230-3079.
Telephone: (941) 861-8000. If you are hearing or voice impaired, please call 711.

Manatee County

Please contact Manatee County Jury Office, P.O. Box 25400, Bradenton, Florida 34206.
Telephone:  (941) 741-4062.  If you are hearing or voice impaired, please call 711.

Desoto County

Please contact DeSoto County Jury Office, 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida 34266.
Telephone: (863) 993-4876.  If you are hearing or voice impaired, please call 711.

For all other inquiries please contact the 12th Circuit Court ADA Coordinator; Heather Blanton, at (941) 749-3600 ext. 1791.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please request accommodation within two working days of receipt of a notice to appear at a court proceeding. Some accommodations, such as sign language interpreters and real-time reporting, require sufficient time to schedule. Please be prepared to explain the nature of your disability and suggest an auxiliary aid or service that will enable you to effectively participate in the court program or service.

Examples are:

  • Assistive listening devices
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Oral interpreters
  • Providing materials in large print, braille, diskette, or audio tapes
  • Reader services
  • Real-time transcription services

Examples are:

  • Transportation to the courthouse
  • Legal counsel or advice
  • Personal devices such as wheelchairs or hearing aids
  • Personal services such as medical or attendant care
  • Readers for personal use or study

The U.S. Department of Justice has an Information Line to call for additional information:

  • 1-800-514-0301 (voice)
  • 1-800-514-0383 (TDD