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Linda Worley Deputy Court Administrator Chaves County Court 5th Judicial District P.0. Box 1776 Roswell, New Mexico 88202 Re: Complaint Number XX Dear Ms. Worley: This letter concerns the resolution of the complaint that was filed against the Chaves County Court, alleging violations under title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of discrimination by State and local governments. The complainant has alleged that the Chaves County Court provides access to the Chaves County Law Library through the issuance of keys, and that this practice discriminates against persons with disabilities because it requires individuals to visit the County Clerk's Office to obtain the keys. The complainant stated that the Clerk's Office is inaccessible because of two flights of stairs. The complainant has further stated that there are no parking spaces for disabled persons in front of the law library. You informed me on October 16, 1996, that the County Clerk's Office and the law library are accessible and that two parking spaces in front of the law library are designated for individuals with disabilities. You also informed the Department on an earlier occasion that the procedure was developed because the library is not staffed and materials were missing. The procedure requires all persons seeking to use the library to visit the County Clerk's Office which is located in the Courthouse. The entrance to the Courthouse is accessible and there is an elevator that takes individuals from the entrance to the County Clerk's Office. In NOV 5 1996 (STAMPED)
the Clerk's office all potential library users are required to complete certain documents and to sign a form to obtain a key to the library. Attorneys and employees of law firms are allowed to cc: Records, Chrono, Wodatch, Morrow, Sheppard udd\closure.al2 01-00460 buy a key to the law library for a very small fee. The library user then goes across the street to use the law library, which is accessible, and there are two parking spaces for persons with disabilities in front of the law library. Based on the foregoing information we have determined that the Chavis County Court has not violated the ADA. We are therefore closing our files in this matter, as of the date of this letter. The Department of Justice will take no further action in this matter. If you have any questions regarding this matter please contact me at (202)307-2735 (Voice). Sincerely, (SIGNATURE) Brenda A. Sheppard Disability Rights Section Civil Rights Division 01-00461