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Language Access Innovations in Courts

Language Access Innovations in Courts

In a study for the California Judicial Council, Stanford University's Legal Design Lab evaluated how technology, such as the use of tablets and Google Translate, might improve court access for visitors of Limited English Proficiency (LEP). Language A ...

Report: Standards for Language Access in Court (ABA 2012)

Report: Standards for Language Access in Court (ABA 2012)

A project of the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, the Standards for Language Access in the Courts (2012)  (available here) offers standards and extensive commentary to provide guidance to courts in designing, implementing, and enfo ...

Weblinks: Language Access Bench Cards (Multiple States 2015)

As courts develop language access policies, many are developing bench card to standardize bench officer protocols. Examples of a few follow: Minnesota Bench Card for Courtroom Interpreting Minnesota Bench Card for Video Remote Interpreting in the Courtroo ...

Resource: 12 Tips on Working with an Interpreter (Language Lines Services 2005)

This short tip sheet from Language Line Services  can help staff understand how to best engage an interpreter. Trial Court Self-Help LEP and Access 12 Tips On Working Effectively With An Interpreter (2005).pdf Language Line Services Inc. 2005 ...

SRLN Brief: Plain Language Resources for 100% Access (SRLN 2015)

SRLN Brief: Plain Language Resources for 100% Access (SRLN 2015)

What is plain language? As described by the federal government on plainlanguage.gov, plain language is communication your audience can understand the first time they read or hear it. Plain language is recognized as an essential best practice in all access ...

SRLN Brief: LEP Language Access Resources (SRLN 2015)

SRLN Brief: LEP Language Access Resources (SRLN 2015)

Without proper language assistance, Limited English Proficient (LEP) court users are excluded from meaningful participation in the courts. Federal laws particularly applicable to language access include Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Ti ...

Weblink: Efficiencies and Innovation in California (California 2015)

On its webpage entitled, Efficiencies & Innovations, the The California judicial branch, which is widely acknowledged as a national leader in developing and implementing programs that enhance access to justice, provides information and links to numero ...

Article: Improving Access to Justice: Plain Language Family Law Court Forms in Washington State (Dyer, Fairbanks, Greiner, Barron, Skreen, Cerrillo-Ramirez, Lee, Hinsee 2013)

From the Abstract: About 65 percent of family law litigants in Washington State come to court without a lawyer. Plain language forms will give many of these pro se litigants the ability to conduct their lawsuits without legal representation or with limite ...

Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice Uses SRLN Maps for Statewide Strategic Planning (News 2017)

Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice Uses SRLN Maps for Statewide Strategic Planning (News 2017)

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice has started using the SRLN demographics maps for presentations to circuit clerks, circuit court judges, civil legal aid and pro bono practitioners. “The maps helped provide context for why access ...

Resource: Language Access Planning and Technical Assistance Tool for Courts (DOJ 2014)

This language access planning and technical assistance tool for courts was created by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Federal Coordination and Compliance Section (DOJ), to assist courts and court systems as they develop comprehensive lang ...