IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
HARDEE, HIGHLANDS AND POLK COUNTIES, FLORIDA

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 1-21.4

RE: AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990

WHEREAS, the Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 (ADA) requires that reasonable accommodations be provided to requesting qualified persons with disabilities in order that they might participate fully in court programs, services, activities, and benefits; and

WHEREAS, it is the intent of the Tenth Judicial Circuit to facilitate provision of reasonable accommodations when requested by qualified persons with disabilities;

IT IS ORDERED that all communications noticing court proceedings including, but not limited to, subpoenas for trial, jury summons, notice of hearings, notice for depositions and all other court related proceedings shall provide that persons with a disability who need a special accommodation shall contact the Office of the Court Administrator to insure that reasonable accommodations are available. Such communications noticing court proceedings shall include the following substantive language:

"If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Office of the Court Administrator, (863) 534-4690, within two (2) working days of your receipt of this (describe notice); if you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD (863) 534-7777 or Florida Relay Service 711."

Administrative Order No. 1-21.3 is hereby VACATED.

DONE AND ORDERED in chambers at Bartow, Florida, this 8th day of August, 2001.

Charles B. Curry, Chief Judge