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Language Access in the Courts and Law Enforcement

Management Information Exchange Journal, Vol. 24, No. 4, p. 36, Winter 2008

5 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2010  

Laura Abel

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Paul Uyehara

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

Individuals with limited proficiency in English (LEP) can have difficulty accessing the courts and law enforcement, adversely affecting the lives of these individuals and their communities. Advocates are trying to help state courts obtain the financial and other resources necessary to improve their language access programs. The National Language Access Advocates Network (N-LAAN), the Brennan Center for Justice, and Justice Speaks are all working on the national level to improve court interpreter programs. Significant court interpreter reform efforts are also underway in California, New York, and Pennsylvania. Additionally, starting in 2004 Philadelphia-based Community Legal Services (CLS) worked to persuade the Department of Justice to find the Philadelphia Police Department out of compliance with its language access obligations under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. CLS then negotiated a new police language access policy, which was issued in December 2005.

Keywords: limited English proficiency, LEP, access to courts, translation, interpreters, state courts, National Language Access Advocates Network, N-LAAN, Justice Speaks, Community Legal Services, Department of Justice, law enforcement, language access, Civil Rights Act, Tivtle VI, Civil Gideon

JEL Classification: I3, K1, K4, I18, J18

Suggested Citation

Abel, Laura and Uyehara, Paul, Language Access in the Courts and Law Enforcement (2008). Management Information Exchange Journal, Vol. 24, No. 4, p. 36, Winter 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1532817

Laura Abel (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Paul Uyehara

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia ( email )

1424 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States

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