LAP Joint Working Group

The Joint Working Group for California’s Language Access Plan will develop a comprehensive, statewide, language access plan (LAP) for the judiciary to be able to expand meaningful access for limited-English-proficient court users. 

Established: June 2013

There are currently no meetings scheduled.  Please check periodically for updates.



Public Hearings

In 2014, the Joint Working Group hosted public hearings throughout the state. The public's input and involvement continue to be solicited throughout the plan development process. Formal notices of events will be posted here when they become available.

Public Hearings Announcement | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | 한국어 | Hmoob | Русский

The Saramento hearing took place on Thursday, March 13, 2014.  Click for details:


The Los Angeles hearing took place on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Click for details:


The San Francisco hearing took place on Monday, February 24, 2014. Click for details:

Working Group Members

The working group is composed of two Judicial Council advisory groups: Access & Fairness Advisory Committee and the Court Interpreters Advisory Panel, and also includes bench officers, court staff, and certified and registered court interpreters (both contractors and court employees). Learn more about each member.

Cochairs

Hon. Maria P. Rivera, Cochair
Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal,
First Appellate District, Division Four
Member, Access and Fairness Advisory
Committee

Hon. Manuel J. Covarrubias, Cochair
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Ventura
Member, Court Interpreters Advisory Panel

Members

Hon. Steven K. Austin
Assistant Presiding Judge of the Superior
Court of California, County of Contra Costa

Mr. Bao Luu
Certified Court Interpreter
Superior Court of California, County of Orange

Mr. Kenneth W. Babcock
Executive Director and General Counsel
Public Law Center

Hon. Miguel Márquez
Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal
Sixth Appellate District

Mr. Jaeis Chon
Certified Court Interpreter
Independent Contractor

Ms. Lisa McNaughton
Certified Court Interpreter
Superior Court of California, County of Sonoma

Ms. Tracy Clark, MA, SC:L
Manager, Court Interpreting Services
Superior Court of California, County of Ventura

Ms. Thuy Thi Nguyen
General Counsel
Peralta Community College District

Ms. Debra A. Donson
Certified Court Interpreter
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

Ms. Ivette Peña
Court Counsel
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

Hon. Dennis Hayashi
Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda

Hon. Rebecca S. Riley
Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Ventura

Ms. Janet Hudec
Certified Court Interpreter
Superior Court of California, County of Madera

Mr. Michael Roddy
Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of San Diego

Ms. Oleksandra Johnson
Certified Court Interpreter
Independent Contractor

Mr. José H. Varela
Public Defender
Marin County Public Defender

Ms. Kristine Kussman
Court Executive Officer
Superior Court of California, County of Imperial

Ms. Christina M. Volkers
Court Executive Officer
Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino

Ms. Ginger Lamar
Court Services Manager
Superior Court of California, County of Orange

Hon. Laurie D. Zelon
Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal,
Second Appellate District, Division Seven

Administrative Office of the Courts Committee Staff

Mr. Douglas G. Denton
Senior Court Services Analyst
Court Language Access Support Program

 

The Joint Working Group for California's Language Access Plan will develop a comprehensive, statewide, language access plan (LAP) for the judiciary to be able to expand meaningful access for limited-English-proficient court users. The plan will provide a consistent approach for language access throughout the judiciary.

When the LAP is adopted by the council, which is anticipated to occur in December 2014, an implementation plan will be developed that will identify the costs required to phase in the LAP recommendations over the next five years (2015-2020). It is anticipated that efficiencies identified in the plan can provide significant long-term savings for the courts.

August 14, 2014: Joint Working Group submits informational report to the Judicial Council regarding the draft Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts. Presentation (8/22). Audiocast (8/22)

July 31, 2014: Public Comment Sought on Proposed Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts. Deadline for comments is September 29, 2014.

31 de julio, 2014: Se solicita Comentario Público sobre el Plan preliminar Estratégico para Acceso Lingüístico en los Tribunales de California. La fecha límite para comentarios es el 29 de Septiembre 2014.

 

 

 

Contact Information

Joint Working Group for California's Language Access Plan
Judicial Council of California
Court Operations Services
Operations & Programs
c/o Douglas G. Denton
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, California 94102
LAP@jud.ca.gov

 

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