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NCJ Number: 150007 Find in a Library
Title: Meeting the Needs of the Disabled and Elderly in Court
Journal: Judges' Journal  Volume:33  Issue:3  Dated:(Summer 1994)  Pages:10-16,38
Author(s): J Albrecht
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 8
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the training and planning required for judges to manage their courts in ways that meet the needs of the elderly and the disabled who are involved in court proceedings.
Abstract: The article advises that judges and court personnel must be trained to understand the nature of the aging process and the range of disabilities so they are better able to tailor court facilities and proceedings to senior citizens and disabled persons. The State Justice Institute offers a training seminar that instructs court personnel in how to appraise the court-related needs of the elderly and the disabled, the changing demographics of older people and disabled persons, the identification of basic human service concepts, and the various surrogate decisionmaking methods available for older persons. Other training topics are the best practices, techniques, and technologies that will facilitate court access for the elderly and the disabled, the identification of potential resources, and the design of an action plan to increase court accessibility for the elderly and disabled. Another section of the article addresses human service concepts relevant to court services for the elderly and disabled. The two concepts discussed are the least restrictive alternative and the enhancement of autonomy. The article also discusses surrogate decisionmaking, the provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the planning process. The planning process focuses on physical facilities and staff practices.
Main Term(s): Access to courts
Index Term(s): Chemical Diversion-Trafficking Act-1988; Older Adults (65+); Persons with Disabilities
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