ABOUT LANGUAGE ACCESS
These Web pages were designed to benefit the state courts, prospective interpreters and anyone interested in how state courts meet the needs of, and continuously seek to improve, services to individuals with limited English proficiency.
Find contact persons by state here.
Judge Patricia Griffin (DE), Chair
Steve Canterbury (WV), Vice-Chair
Nancy Dixon (KS)
Christine Johnson (AK)
Artie Pepin (NM)
Regina Petersen (VI)
Michael Tardy (IL)
CLAC Liaisons to LAAC:
Kelly Mills (OR)
James Plunkett (DC)
Mara Simmons (AR)
Language and Access to Justice Initiatives
National Interpreter Testing Programs
Language Access Court Interpreter Specialist
Arlington Office Senior Administrative Assistant
The Court Consulting Services Division is pleased to welcome you to the Language Access Services Section (LASS). LASS provides state courts with resources to overcome language barriers in the courts and to ensure that providing individuals with limited English proficiency with access to the courts is a core function of the courts. LASS works closely with the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) through the Language Access Advisory Committee (LAAC) and the Council of Language Access Coordinators (CLAC).
About Us. Mission and history of LAAC and CLAC; CLAC state contacts; LASS staff; and NCSC's Language Access Resource Guide.
National Call to Action
NCSC's A National Call to Action Access to Justice for Limited English Proficient Litigants: Creating Solutions to Language Barriers in State Courts serves as a helpful road map to jurisdictions as they work toward improving services to LEP litigants. Read More...
Language Access Basic Training
The LABT is a downloadable interactive training module for bilingual court employees who interact with people outside of the courtroom, developed by the New Mexico Center for Language Access along with the NCSC, the Council of Language Access Coordinators (CLAC) and the Language Access Advisory Committee (LAAC). It is funded by the State Justice Institute.
Written and Oral Exam Resources
All about the examinations: List of exams; testing schedules and fees by state; certification requirements; construction and administration manuals; rater information.
Resources for Program Managers
Details on each state's Language Access program and key components of successful programs; members-only resources; key access and limited English proficiency publications.
Resources for Court Interpreters
Self-assessment tools, self-study resources, glossaries and dictionaries; colleges and universities that offer interpreter courses; codes of professional responsibility; interpreter events/workshops; compensation and salary information; related websites.
Federal Interpreter Exam Resources
LASS administers the Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination (FCICE), which is offered in the Spanish language. The FCICE website covers all aspects of the federal examination, testing schedule and registration, and fees.
Conferences and Events
CLAC Events. The 2015 CLAC Conference (invitation only) took place in Santa Fe, N.M., from May 17-May 20, 2015. Read more...
The Second Annual CLAC Conference (Invitation only) convened on April 27-30, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. Please find all the details here.
An online archive of the 2012 National Summit on Language Access in the Courts presentation materials and resources is available at www.ncsc.org/languagesummit