In accordance with Judicial Conference policy, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York must provide sign language interpreters or other auxiliary aides and services to participants in federal court proceedings who are deaf, hearing-impaired or have communication disabilities and may provide these services to spectators when the court deems appropriate. The Court will honor a participant’s choice of auxiliary aid or service, unless it can show that another equally effective means of communication is available, or that use of the means chosen would result in a fundamental change in the nature of the court proceeding or an undue financial or administrative burden.
“Participants” in court proceedings are generally defined as parties, attorneys and witnesses of in-court or out-of-court events. “Court proceedings” include in-court events, such as trials, hearings, ceremonies, and other public programs or activities conducted by a judicial officer. Section 341(a) Meetings (First Meeting of Creditors) are presided over by the United States Trustee and are not considered “court proceedings.”
Written requests for any services identified above must be submitted to the local Access Coordinator at least two (2) weeks in advance of the court proceeding. Application to Provide Services to the Hearing Impaired or Other Persons with Communication Disabilities forms are available at the public counter and on our web site (click here to view application). The local Access Coordinator is:
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, EDNY
271-C Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, NY 11201-1800