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Collaborative Technical Assistance Agreement for the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Federal Coordination and Compliance Section and the Vermont Judiciary - June 19, 2019

Providing Language Access in the Courts: Working Together to Ensure Justice Event - February 28, 2014:

Working with State Courts to Remove Language Barriers to Justice - June 15, 2012

Civil Rights Division Communication to State Courts Regarding Language Access

Federal Funding Programs for State and Local Court Activities to Address Access to Justice for Limited English Proficient (LEP) Individuals - August 18, 2011

    Language Access Resources

    National Center for Access to Justice, 2016 Justice Index

    ABA Standards for Language Access in Courts, American Bar Association - February, 2012

    State Justice Institute Grants

    Language Access in State Courts, Laura Abel, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law - July, 2009

    National Center for State Courts 

    Video: Importance of Court Interpreters in Legal Proceedings, New Mexico Judiciary

    Mediating Through Interpreters: Providing Equal Access to Participants Who are Limited English Proficient, New Jersey Judiciary - July, 2008

    Guidelines for Determination of Eligibility for Court-Appointed Interpretation and Translation Services, Supreme Judicial Court, State of Maine - October 11, 2006

    Legal Glossaries in Arabic, Armenian, Hmong, Mien, Mong, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese, Superior Court of California, Sacramento County Courts

    Materials by State:

    Arizona 

    Department of Justice and Mohave County, Arizona Superior Court Work to Ensure Language Access for Limited English Proficient Court Users –

    California 

    Letter and Agreement of Resolution: Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles - September 20, 2016

    Department of Justice Observations and Recommendations Letter to the Judicial Council of California and the Los Angeles County Superior Court - May 22, 2013

    California Judicial Council adopts Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts - January 22, 2015

    Colorado 

    Memorandum of Agreement between USA and the State of Colorado Judicial Department - June 28, 2011

    Colorado Judicial Department Issues Language Access Plan - March 15, 2012

    Hawai'i 

    Department of Justice and Hawai'i State Court System Work Collaboratively to Ensure Equal Access for All Limited English Proficient Individuals in Hawai'i Courts

    Kentucky 

    Letter of Resolution: Kentucky Administrative Office of the Court - June 22, 2016,  Press Release (English) (Español)

    Louisiana

    Memorandum of Agreement Between the United States of America and the Louisiana Supreme Court- May 13, 2019

    Press Release

    Maine 

    State of Maine Judicial Branch, Language Access Plan - January 1, 2019

    Michigan 

    Acting Assistant Attorney General and U.S. Attorneys for Michigan send letter to Michigan Supreme Court addressing Rule 1.111, Foreign Language Interpreters - September 17, 2013

    New Jersey

    Department of Justice and New Jersey Judiciary Work Collaboratively to Ensure the Provision of Language Assistance Services in New Jersey Courts

    North Carolina 

    Department of Justice Letter and Report of Findings to the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts - March 8, 2012

    North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, Expansion of Language Access Services to All Superior Court Proceedings and Updated Standards for Language Access Services - June 30, 2017

    North Carolina Court System Develops Language Access Complaint Poster - January 24, 2014* (*Attribution to the NCAOC must be clear and visible on any and all of your materials and products in whatever format they exist.  Attribution should be substantially similar to the following: “The North Carolina court forms included in this publication are created by the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, which office has given permission for the use of these forms in this publication.”).

    North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, Notice of Expansion of Interpreter Services to All Cases Heard Before Magistrates (Archive Link) - April 30, 2015

    North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, Notice of Expansion of Language Access Services to All Child Custody and Child Support Proceedings - September 25, 2013 

    North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, Notice of Expansion and Enhancement of Foreign Language Interpreting Services - August 8, 2012

    Pennsylvania

    Memorandum of Understanding between the United States of America and the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania - April 24, 2017

    Rhode Island 

    Justice Department Closes Case After Rhode Island Judiciary Reforms Provide Equal Access for Individuals with Limited English Proficiency–

    Tennessee 

    U.S. Department of Justice Memorandum of Agreement with the Juvenile Courts of Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee requires the development of a language access plan that complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. See page 17 - December 17, 2012

    Vermont 

    Collaborative Technical Assistance Agreement for the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Federal Coordination and Compliance Section and the Vermont Judiciary - June 19, 2019

    Washington State

    Justice Department and Washington State Courts Partner to Ensure Access to State Court Services for Limited English Proficient Individuals - July 18, 2017

    The King County Superior Court Signs a Letter of Resolution with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington State and the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section - December 1, 2015

    The King County Superior Court Agrees to Work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington State and the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section to Improve Access to Court Interpreters - January 21, 2014

    Wisconsin

    Justice Department and Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, Circuit Court Partner to Ensure Equal Access for Limited English Proficient Court Users in Court Operated Class