Settlement to give disabled persons better access to San Bernardino County courts

A proposed settlement has been reached in a 2006 federal class-action lawsuit filed against San Bernardino County and its courts over accessibility for disabled persons at more than a dozen courthouses.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Riverside, claimed that parking, paths of travel, courtrooms, bathrooms and other areas were inaccessible to people with mobility or manual dexterity disabilities.

Lawyers for the Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles, which represented plaintiffs in the case, said Tuesday that both sides worked hard to reach what they described as a model settlement that could be a blueprint for any court system in any county.
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Sheriff’s Department searching for courthouse volunteers

By Stacia Glenn on November 10, 2008 11:26 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) |

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is looking for courthouse volunteers to help direct visitors to courtrooms and offices and assist officials.

Volunteers must be at least 18 with a valid driver’s license, be a high school graduate and pass a background check. They will attend Citizen Volunteer Training Course and must volunteer eight hours a month.

For more information or to volunteer, call Sgt. Steve Brownell at (909) 387-0287 or the Volunteer Forces Division at (909) 387-0641.

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County’s top judge talks about new San Bernardino courthouse

By Jason Pesick on October 21, 2008 5:58 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) |

A new courthouse could tower over San Bernardino’s downtown by the end of 2012, says James C. McGuire, presiding judge of San Bernardino County Superior Court.

McGuire discussed courthouse plans in an interview today and before San Bernardino officials at a City Council meeting the previous day.

The project, he said, will use $283 million of state funds. The planned 12-story courthouse is set to be built southeast of the intersection of Third Street and Arrowhead Avenue, across the street from the county’s central courthouse.
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