LEP and Access

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

Interactive story map shows hurricane impacts and Florida’s vulnerable populations (News 2017)

The Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN) helped The Florida Bar Foundation create a new data resource that reveals the impact of Hurricane Irma on Florida and the vulnerable populations who could potentially need civil legal aid in the recov

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.

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:

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 enh

Webinar: Technology Tools to Enhance Legal Services for LEP - Websites, Videos and More (LSNTAP,LSC,ProBonoNet 2014)

In the webinar Technology Tools to Enhance Legal Services for Limited English Proficiency, four panelists (Kathy Daniels, IT Administrator Statewide Legal Services in Connecticut, Rochelle Klempner, Chief Counsel NYS Access to Justice Program, Mik

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.

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

What is plain language?

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.

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: