Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Language Access in the Courts

The Civil Rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice issued a guidance letter On 8/17/2010 to all chief justices and state court administrators reiterating that under federal civil rights law, state courts are required to provide meaningful access to their programs and services for Limited English Proficient (LEP) persons through the provision of language services. This short paper summarizes the issues and links to the primary document.

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