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State Courts

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See the Office for Civil Rights webpage for information about special circumstances applying to the State of Louisiana and its agencies.

Remarks of the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Celebrating Progress In Language Access Services in the Courts - October 26, 2023

Ensuring Language Access in the Courts

Letter to State Courts Addresses Language Assistance Services - April 20, 2023

Civil Rights Division Communication to State Courts Regarding Language Access - August 2010, Republished in 2018

Providing Language Access in the Courts: Working Together to Ensure Justice Event - February 28, 2014:

Working with State Courts to Remove Language Barriers to Justice - June 15, 2012

DOJ Work by State

 

California- 2020

Investigation Closure Letter to the California Judicial Council - November 12, 2020Letter and Agreement of Resolution: Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles - September 20, 2016

Department of Justice Observations and Recommendations Letter to the Judicial Council of California and the Los Angeles County Superior Court - May 22, 2013California Judicial Council adopts Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts - January 22, 2015

 

Florida- 2021

Justice Department Obtains Settlement in Title VI Retaliation Matter with the Florida State Courts System

 

Louisiana- 2023

Justice Department Resolves Language Access Matter Concerning Louisiana Supreme Court - January 19, 2023

Language Access Plan in Louisiana Courts, Approved by the Supreme Court - September 1, 2020

Memorandum of Agreement Between the United States of America and the Louisiana Supreme Court- May 13, 2019

 

North Carolina- 2022

Department of Justice Memorandum of Agreement with the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts - October 25, 2022

Department of Justice Letter and Report of Findings to the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts - March 8, 2012

North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, Expansion of Language Access Services to All Superior Court Proceedings and Updated Standards for Language Access Services - June 30, 2017

North Carolina Court System Develops Language Access Complaint Poster - January 24, 2014* (*Attribution to the NCAOC must be clear and visible on any and all of your materials and products in whatever format they exist.  Attribution should be substantially similar to the following: “The North Carolina court forms included in this publication are created by the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, which office has given permission for the use of these forms in this publication.”).

North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, Notice of Expansion of Interpreter Services to All Cases Heard Before Magistrates - April 30, 2015

North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, Notice of Expansion of Language Access Services to All Child Custody and Child Support Proceedings - September 25, 2013 

North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, Notice of Expansion and Enhancement of Foreign Language Interpreting Services - August 8, 2012

Oklahoma- 2023

Justice Department Enters Into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Oklahoma Courts to Resolve Title VI Investigation- August 31, 2023

 

Rhode Island- 2016

Justice Department Closes Case After Rhode Island Judiciary Reforms Provide Equal Access for Individuals with Limited English Proficiency

South Dakota- 2022

Justice Department Closes Review after the South Dakota Unified Judicial System Improves Access for People with Limited English Proficiency - August 11, 2022

Statewide Language Access Plan - February 11, 2022U.S. Department of Justice Resolves Civil Rights Review of South Dakota Unified Judicial System - October 5, 2021

 

Texas- 2021 and 2023

U.S. Department of Justice Announces Final Resolution of Language Access Civil Rights Matter in Fort Bend County, Texas- August 2, 2023

U.S. Department of Justice Memorandum of Agreement with Fort Bend County, Texas - June  28, 2021Press Releases 

 

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