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Public Webinar: Informing Remote and Linguistically Diverse Communities About Court Language Access Services

April 22 webinar will explore resources and services employed by courts in different regions to reach linguistically diverse and rural communities and build public trust and confidence in the courts.
Apr 12, 2021

The Judicial Council and National Center for State Courts will conduct a free public webinar to review strategies for making limited-English speakers, including those in rural communities, aware of language services and multilingual materials available to increase their access to the court system.

Webinar Time: 12:15–1:00 p.m., April 22

Justice partners, community organizations, and other language access stakeholders face challenges, including the digital divide, in serving diverse communities across California, particularly during the pandemic. This webinar will explore resources and services employed by courts in different regions to reach linguistically diverse and rural communities and build public trust and confidence in the courts.

Justice partners, local/county bar associations, legal services organizations, community organizations, law libraries, and other language access stakeholders are encouraged to attend the webinar.

Requests for an ASL or a spoken language interpreter should be made at least seven (7) business days before the webinar and directed to: Kimberly Brooke, NCSC, at kbrooke@ncsc.org

Questions or comments on the webinar topics should be submitted to LAP@jud.ca.gov seven (7) business days prior to the session.

For more information, to register, or to access previously recorded webinars: www.courts.ca.gov/languageaccess.htm

Language Access Need
Roughly 20 percent of Californians—nearly 7 million—have some English-language limitations, making it difficult to access the courts without significant language assistance. To help address this need, the Judicial Council adopted the Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts, which provides a consistent statewide approach to ensure language access for all limited-English speakers.

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