A recent survey of California's 58 superior courts revealed that 28 provide interpreters in civil cases when they are available and have completed their assignments in criminal and juvenile matters. In addition, 9 trial courts said they provide interpreters in all civil matters upon request.

The survey results were shared at a March 22 public outreach meeting held by the Judicial Council’s Language Access Plan Implementation Task Force. Chaired by California Supreme Court Justice Tino Cuéllar, the group makes recommendations on how to implement the council's Strategic Plan for Language Access.

Courts Translate Information on Their Websites
Task force members from the Contra Costa and Los Angeles Superior Courts demonstrated how they are using their websites to better serve limited-English speakers.

The Contra Costa court translated information on its website to help serve the many Spanish-speaking residents in its county and across the state. The court plans to launch a mobile-friendly version of the site soon.

The Los Angeles court developed Gina, an online avatar for its traffic court services translated into six languages, which helps 4,000 customers a week handle their traffic citations online.

In addition, meeting attendees heard about a new online toolkit with information and resources for courts and the public.

For more information, see photos and captions from the meeting.