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DOJ Letter to State Courts regarding Language Access

Date: 
08/16/2010
Author: 
Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez

The Assistant Attorney General from the Civil Rights Division of DOJ wrote a letter to all the Chief Justice/State Court Administrators in the nation on August 16, 2010. The letter addresses some major concerns regarding language access in efforts of bringing courts into compliance with Title VI.

1. Limiting the types of proceedings for which qualified interpreter services are provided by the court.

2. Charging interpreter costs to one or more parties.

3. Restricting language services to courtrooms

4. Failing to ensure effective communication with court-appointed or supervised personnel

The August 16, 2010 letter is attached.

 

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