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1993 October

Court Access Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Recent Developments

By Erica F. Wood

Court access encompasses a broad array of issues, including planning accommodations in new judicial facilities, adding ramps to existing facilities, revising court forms, restructuring jury boxes, and training judges and court personnel. This article summarizes recent developments in three areas of court access under the Americans with Disabilities Act: architectural guidelines for new facilities, enforcement of guidelines for existing facilities, and action by interdisciplinary state court access committees.

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Three Issues Still Remaining in Guardianship Reform

By Lori A. Stiegel, DaCosta R. Mason, Dwayne Morris, Vicki Gottlich & Michael Rave

Three issues remain in guardianship reform: (1) the use of durable powers of attorney as an alternative to guardianship; (2) a respondent's right to be present at the guardianship hearing; and (3) the role counsel should play in guardianship proceedings. This article discusses what progress has been made in these areas since guardianship reform was proposed in 1987.

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