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Access and Accommodation (ADA)

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Van Buren County Courts seek to ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities have equal and full access to the judicial system through implementation of a joint local administrative order.  If you have a disability and require special accommodations to participate in court events or access court resources, please complete the ADA Request Form and return it as instructed on the form.  If you cannot access the form or have questions about accommodations, please contact the Court ADA Contacts at the numbers listed below.

If you have made a request and your request has been denied in whole or in part by the ADA coordinator, you may request a further review on the Review of Request for Reasonable Accommodation.

If a person alleges that the court’s ADA procedures or practices, outside of specific requests for accommodation, result in discrimination on the basis of disability as to the provision of services, activities, or programs of the court, the person may file a grievance, following the Grievance Policy, outlined in the Local Administrative Order.

Policy / Forms:

Joint Local Administrative Order - Request for Accommodations by Persons with Disabilities

ADA Request Form

Review of Request - ADA

Service Animals and the ADA - FAQ

Courthouse Access Checklist

Michigan Courts Handbook on Accessibility and Accommodation for Individuals with Disabilities

ADA Coordinators and Site Contacts:

Van Buren County Courts ADA Coordinators:
Primary:   Frank Hardester      (269) 657-8200 x2340
Backup:     Susan Zuiderveen  (269) 657-8200 x2322

Paw Paw Courthouse
212 E. Paw Paw Street, Paw Paw, MI 49079
                   Primary:  Susan Klein           (269) 657-8200 x2321
                   Backup:  Melissa Williams (269) 657-8200 x2345

South Haven Courthouse
1007 E. Wells Street, South Haven, MI 49090
                  Primary:  Jim Becker             (269) 637-5258 x4113
                  Backup:  Laura Canaan        (269) 637-5258 x4102

County Administration Building
219 E. Paw Paw Street, Paw Paw, MI 49079
                 Primary:  Alice Yonkman    (269) 657-8200 x1502
                 Backup:  Mark Graham             (269) 657-8200 x1501