Who: The Language Access Plan Implementation Task Force on October 17 will hold its next in-person meeting on how to implement the recommendations of the Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts, which was adopted by the Judicial Council in January 2015. The plan provides a consistent statewide approach to ensure language access throughout the courts.

California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar is chair of the task force, and Ventura County Superior Court Judge Manuel J. Covarrubias serves as vice-chair.  Additional task force members include judicial officers, court staff, interpreters, attorneys, and members of the public.

What: The meeting agenda includes review of a draft proposal recommending that the council sponsor 2018 legislation related to provision of court interpreters in small claims matters; recommendations for increasing language access in the Courts of Appeal and California Supreme Court; and an update on plans to conduct a video remote interpreting pilot project.

Where: Ronald M. George State Office Complex, William C. Vickrey Judicial Council Conference Center, Malcolm M. Lucas Board Room, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, California

When: Monday, October 17, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Note: The meeting will be open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and again from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Public comment is scheduled at 12:10 p.m. A live broadcast of the meeting, as well as closed captioning (in English and Spanish), will be provided on the Language Access webpage: www.courts.ca.gov/languageaccess.htm. The public can also listen to the meeting remotely by dialing 1-877-820-7831 and using passcode 6139679.

For more information on language access in the courts, visit the California Courts public website.