Former Disabled Juror Sues Hinds County, Mississippi, for Non-ADA Compliant Courtrooms

Former Disabled Juror Sues Hinds County, Mississippi, for Non-ADA Compliant Courtrooms

In 2006, Scott Crawford, a wheelchair-bound man with multiple sclerosis, moved to Hinds County, Mississippi, to be near family who could assist him with his disabling condition. Between 2006 and 2017, Crawford was selected for jury duty twice. Crawford was forced to request an excuse from jury duty due to a lack of wheelchair accessibility in the courtrooms and the courthouse’s most accessible restrooms. Crawford began working with county officials who promised to make at least two courtrooms in the courthouse ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible. After Crawford’s second stint as a juror was again cut short due to the courthouse’s continued lack of wheelchair accessibility, Crawford filed suit against the county seeking injunctive relief under Title  II  of  the  ADA,  42 U.S.C.  §§ 12131 et  seq. The district court agreed Crawford had standing and the case went to bench trial. However, Crawford was denied injunctive relief because the possibility of Crawford serving on a future jury was too speculative. Crawford appealed his case to the Fifth Circuit Court. Find out what the Fifth Circuit Court decided.

https://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/20/20-60372-CV0.pdf