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:
September 30, 2014: The formal public comment period on the draft Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts is now closed. The Joint Working Group for California’s Language Access Plan accepted formal public comment on the draft plan through September 29, 2014. An executive summary of the draft plan is available in English and Spanish. Following the public comment process, the draft plan will be revised and a final plan will be presented to the Judicial Council for its review and adoption.
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)
Public Comment Sought on Proposed Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts. Deadline for comments is September 29, 2014. (July 31, 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. (31 de julio, 2014)
Language Access in the News
California's Courts Face a Shortage of Interpreters, KPCC (Mar. 4, 2014) Audio
News Release - Public Hearings: Language Access Plan for California Courts (Feb. 19, 2014)
Public hearing dates have been announced. (Jan. 22, 2014)
The Joint Working Group for California’s Language Access Plan presented the Language Access Plan Report to the Judicial Council on October 25, 2013 to provide an update on the working group’s goals, timeline, and anticipated steps in the development of the plan.
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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.