Access to Justice

Issue: Court Interpreter Legislation

Impact:

Approval of this legislation would allow states to access federal funds to support state court interpreter programs in areas such as certification, training, and general support.

Position:

State court leaders endorse the concept of a federal court interpreter program assisting the state courts.

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Issue: Legal Services Corporation (LSC)

Impact:

Funding for the Legal Corporation Services (LSC) has plummeted since its founding.  This has worsened the “justice gap” for poorer populations across the country.

Position:

State court leaders have repeatedly called for increased funding for LSC and opposed any cuts in funding. (See for example, CCJ Resolution 12-M-1 and COSCA Resolution 12-B-1)

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Issue: Limited English Proficiency

Impact:

State courts receiving federal funds are required to take reasonable steps to assist parties and witnesses who are not proficient in English.

Position:

Court leaders encouraged adoption of the revised ABA’s Language Access Standards proposal. (CCJ/COSCA Resolutions 11-B-1).

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