ADA & Its Application to State Courts

Does the ADA apply to the courts?
Yes. Title II of the ADA prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in all programs, activities and services of public entities, including courts. The ADA applies to all state and local governments, their departments and agencies, and any other instrumentalities or special purpose districts of state or local governments.*

What courts are covered by the ADA?
All state, county and municipal courts are covered by the ADA. In the State of Tennessee, this includes the State Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Court of Criminal Appeals, Circuit Courts, Chancery Courts, Criminal Courts, Probate Courts, General Sessions Courts, Juvenile Court and Municipal Courts. The ADA does not cover the judicial branch of the federal government, which is covered by other laws.*