News Story (California)
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
September 5, 2017
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Tags: Courts, Language Access
Organizations mentioned/involved: Los Angeles Center for Law & Justice (LACLJ), Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC)
California has long provided interpreters for criminal and juvenile cases. The law now says they must offer them also in civil courtrooms.
In the past, non-English-speaking litigants were on their own when they went to court to fight evictions, obtain restraining orders and resolve child custody disputes
Children sometimes interpreted for warring parents. One court employee recalled a woman seeking a domestic violence restraining order having to interpret for her alleged abuser.