More than 200 languages and dialects are spoken in California. Without proper language assistance, Limited English Proficient (LEP) court users may be excluded from meaningful participation in the judicial court process. The Judicial Council has created a Joint Working Group to provide recommendations, guidance, and a consistent statewide approach to ensure language access throughout the courts. The end result will be a statewide Language Access Plan (LAP).The goals of the LAP are to:
January 22, 2015: At its public meeting on January 22, the Judicial Council adopted a language access plan for the California courts (Press Release). The Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts is the result of an 18-month effort by the Joint Working Group that included public hearings and a 60-day formal public comment period on a draft of the plan.
Joint Working Group submits informational report to the Judicial Council regarding the draft Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts. (August 14, 2014). Presentation (8/22). Audiocast (8/22)
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Public hearings on language access issues were held in late February and early March, 2014 in San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles.