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Language Access Plan for CA Courts - Public hearing in SF on 02/24

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The California Courts thrive to provide top-of-class services to all Californians, constantly working in the betterment of its services. Access to justice is a big deal and it cannot be impaired by language limitations in a state like California, where around seven million have a language other than English as their primary language.

For that, one more initiative is taking place at the Administrative Office of the Courts: the Statewide Language Access Plan for California Courts, a comprehensive plan to provide access to justice to the limited-English-proficient court users in this state, despite budgetary constraints and staff limitations.

In order to be truly aligned with the needs of the limited-English-proficient court users, three public hearings have been set up in order to gather public input on the plan. Do not miss this chance to make your voice heard in public policy making, and spread the news to your family and friends that might be interested in taking part.

Public hearing info website: http://www.courts.ca.gov/25120.htm (with meeting agenda) and transcribed below:

“Public Hearings: Statewide Language Access Plan for California Courts

SAN FRANCISCO—Roughly 20 percent of Californians–nearly seven million–have some English language limitations, making it difficult to access the courts without significant language assistance.
To address this need, the Judicial Council established a joint working group to develop a statewide language access plan for limited-English-proficient court users. The plan will incorporate extensive feedback from varied stakeholders, including members of the public, bench officers, court executive officers and staff, court interpreters and interpreter organizations, attorneys, bar associations, and legal services organizations.
To help garner input on the plan, the working group will hold public hearings on language access in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento on the dates below:

San Francisco: Mon, Feb 24; 10 am to 4 pm
Administrative Office of the Courts, Milton Marks Auditorium (Lower Level)
455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, California, 94102
(Language assistance provided at hearing: ASL, Cantonese, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese)

Los Angeles: Tues, March 4; 10 am to 4 pm
Ronald Reagan State Building
300 South Spring Street Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, 90013
(Language assistance provided at hearing: ASL, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Vietnamese)

Sacramento: Thurs, March 13; 10 am to 4 pm
Secretary of State Auditorium
1500 11th Street Sacramento, California 95814
(Language assistance provided at hearing: ASL, Cantonese, Hmong, Russian, Spanish)

A live audiocast of the hearings, as well as closed captioning (in English and Spanish), will be available on the Language Access webpage.

In addition to commenting at the hearings, members of the public can also e-mail comments to LAP@jud.ca.gov . Comments received will be included in the hearings’ public records.

For more information about the Judicial Council’s Joint Working Group for California’s Language Access Plan, please visit our website at: www.courts.ca.gov/languageaccess.htm .”

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