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U.S. Attorney's Office Initiative Reviews Disability Access at Metro Atlanta Courthouses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Georgia

ATLANTA - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia has initiated a review of local courthouses in the Northern District of Georgia to determine if they are in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (the “ADA”). This initiative is being conducted in accordance with the federal government’s congressionally-mandated responsibility to review compliance with the ADA.

“Access to local courthouses is a fundamental part of our society that everyone in our district is entitled to enjoy,” said John A. Horn, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. “We are hopeful that our local courthouses will partner with us on this very important initiative to ensure that they are in full compliance with the law.”

As part of the review, nine local courthouses are being asked to complete and return a survey form.  Once the survey forms are completed, investigators may follow up with on-site inspections to confirm survey responses and to evaluate compliance with the ADA regulations. The U.S. Attorney’s office hopes to work cooperatively with local courthouses that are found to be non-compliant. The goal is to ensure that government facilities, services, and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities.

The courthouses under review are in DeKalb, Fayette, Floyd, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Rockdale, Spalding, and Troup counties. Any member of the public who wishes to file a complaint alleging that a courthouse or any other place of public accommodation with the Northern District of Georgia is not accessible to people with disabilities may contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office by phone at 404-581-4626 or email at

Additional information about the ADA can be found at, or by calling the toll-free information line at the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department at (800)514-0301 (voice) and (800)514-0383(TTY).   

Assistant United States Attorney Aileen Bell Hughes is representing the United States for the Northern District of Georgia in this matter.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the home page for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division is

Updated February 4, 2016

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