Hispanic Community Forum - Mono Superior Court

Community Outreach icon Project Name: Hispanic Community Forum
Court: Mono Superior Court
   Documents: Town Hall Flyers
    Fact Sheet and Mission Statement
    News Release
   Links: Court Website

Overview/Program Description:

In partnership with local law enforcement agencies (county sheriff, California Highway Patrol, and local police department) the court participates in a community forum every six months for the county's Spanish-speaking population. Representatives from the court, local governmental entities, Mexican Consulate, and local law enforcement give bilingual presentations on topics of relevant interest as immigration law, the criminal justice process, civil liberties, and public entitlements. Members of the Spanish-speaking community attending the forums are able to ask questions of the presenters in an anonymous manner. The Hispanic forums provide the court and other local governmental entities direct access to the Spanish-speaking community of the county. The forums also act as a means of direct access for the Spanish-speaking community to local government entities and the court.

Program Benefits/Savings:

The forums have provided the opportunity for continued dialogue between the community, law enforcement, and court services. An unexpected benefit was improved communication between the court and law enforcement. Also, when the Mexican Consulate is scheduled to attend, he will obtain local lodging and provide services to the community the next day as well. These forums help to dispel misinformation and build trust between the Spanish-speaking community and the court and local governmental entities.