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Chief Justice on Need for Language Access (5:46)
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye gave opening remarks at a Feb 24 public hearing in San Francisco to hear input on how to expand meaningful access for limited-English-proficient court users.

Contact Information

Joint Working Group for California’s Language Access Plan
AOC | Court Language Access Support Program

c/o Douglas G. Denton
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, California 94102
LAP@jud.ca.gov

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.  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, the Joint Working Group will then develop an implementation plan 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.

Public Hearings

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

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

San Francisco

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

 

Los Angeles

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


 

Sacramento

The Saramento hearing took place on Thursday, March 13, 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

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

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

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

Mr. Jaeis Chon
Certified Court Interpreter
Independent Contractor

Ms. Thuy Thi Nguyen
General Counsel
Peralta Community College District

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Oleksandra Johnson
Certified Court Interpreter
Independent Contractor

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

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

 

Administrative Office of the Courts Committee Staff

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

 

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