Needs and Challenges
Amend procedural rules to ensure compliance with legal requirements.
Action Step 8 recommends amending procedural rules to ensure jurisdictions are in compliance with legal requirements. At the Summit, state representatives expressed a commitment to review and amend court policies, documentation, and procedures focusing on legal obligations related to language access.
Currently, most jurisdictions report that they have taken proactive measures to ensure they are compliant with legal requirements. Thirty-four out of 48 jurisdictions answered that they have adopted or modified procedural rules or protocols. A number of states have amended statewide legal requirements, LAP requirements, and court rules to reflect Title VI language.
These proactive actions to comply with legal requirements demonstrates a clear commitment that jurisdictions have made progress toward improving or have improved their services to LEP populations. Respondents provided additional detail regarding the rules and requirements they have amended in their efforts to provide access to justice. Many jurisdictions noted that they had amended all of the choices offered in the question as well as additional rules or protocols.
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