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Language Access in State Courts

Clearinghouse Review

An aspect of access to the courts is the provision of interpreters, at no cost, for persons with limited English proficiency. In some instances the right to an interpreter is rooted in the Constitution, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 imposes language-access requirements on state and county courts that receive federal funds. Advocates should learn whether their courts are in compliance and work to educate both legislators and the judiciary about language-access obligations.

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