Access Coordinators and Accommodations

For Persons with Communication Disabilities

 In keeping with the Judicial Conference Policy, the U.S. District Court – Eastern District of California provides reasonable accommodations to persons with communications disabilities at the court’s expense.

 If you are in need of such accommodations please contact our Access Coordinators: 


Yolanda Riley-Portal

Phone: 916-930-4221


Becky Rubenstein

Phone: 559-499-5611


§ 255.20 Sign Language Interpreters and Other Auxiliary Aids and Services

(a)     Requirement

Each federal court is required to provide, at judiciary expense, sign language interpreters or other appropriate auxiliary aids and services to participants in federal court proceedings who are deaf, hearing-impaired, or have other communications disabilities. The court will give primary consideration to a participant's choice of auxiliary aid or service.

(b)     Real-time reporting

(1) When deemed appropriate by a court, computer-assisted real-time reporting is one of the services that may be provided under these guidelines, but solely in furtherance of the limited purposes for which the guidelines have been adopted. Thus, real-time reporting should be provided only for as long as necessary and for those specific purposes required by a participant; for example, only for the duration of a deaf witness's testimony.

(2) Real-time reporting is to be used solely to assist in communication and is not to be used in lieu of conventional means of producing the official record.

(3) Real-time services provided under these guidelines will be limited to a video display of spoken words, and may not include enhancements such as keyword searching or the provision of unedited daily transcripts.

(4) Courts may not use this policy as an authorization to purchase and install real-time court reporting equipment in the courtroom. Such purchase is governed by Judicial Conference policy on court reporting.

(c)     Definitions

(1) "Participants" in court proceedings include parties, attorneys, and witnesses. The services called for under these guidelines are not required to be provided to spectators, although courts may elect to do so in situations when deemed appropriate.

(2) "Court proceedings" include trials, hearings, ceremonies and other public programs or activities conducted by a court.

(3) "Primary consideration" means that the court is to honor a participant's choice of auxiliary aid or service, unless it can show that another equally effective means of communication is available, or that use of the means chosen would result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of the court proceeding or an undue financial or administrative burden.

(4) "Auxiliary aids and services" include: qualified interpreters; assistive listening devices or systems; or other effective methods of making aurally delivered materials available to individuals with hearing impairments.

NOTE:  Each courtroom is equipped with assistive listening devices which are readily available for use during court proceedings by participants, and spectators when deemed appropriate. CART or limited realtime services require court approval. Please submit requests for services in writing at least two (2) weeks in advance of your appearance.