REQUESTS FOR AUXILIARY AIDS AND SERVICES
The Court Disability Coordinator (CDC) for Montgomery County is Circuit Court Clerk Holly Lemons, she can be contacted at (217) 532-9540.
The Court Disability Coordinator (CDC) will provide a form upon request to any individual to request any needed auxiliary aids and services to ensure effective communication. Whenever possible, the request shall be made ten (10) days in advance of the proceedings. The request shall be given to the designated Court Disability Coordinator. Attached as Exhibit B is a listing of CDC by county. Attached as Exhibit C is the form to request services entitled Request for Communication Access to the Courts for Individuals with Hearing Loss.
The CDC will make a decision granting, denying or altering the type of auxiliary aid or service requested within 3 days of receiving the request. The CDC will inform the person making the request for auxiliary aids or services within 3 days of the decision. In the event that auxiliary aids or services cannot be secured per the CDC decision, the proceedings will be rescheduled to a date the auxiliary aids and services can be provided. All parties shall be promptly informed of any schedule changes.
If the CDC response is to provide alternate services or denies the request, the person making the request can appeal the decision to the Chief Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit (hereinafter Chief Judge) within 5 days. All appeals shall be sent to:
Office of the Chief Judge
Fayette County Courthouse
221 South 7th Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
If the individual making the request indicates to the CDC they would like to appeal their decision, the CDC shall forward all information to the Chief Judge for his/her decision. The Chief Judge shall timely review the materials and rule on the request. The Chief Judge shall thereafter inform the individual and CDC of his/her decision.
The CDC will be responsible for recording and maintaining the request for auxiliary aids and services. This information will be confidential and kept in a secure location, but other than in the individual’s court file.