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Free interpretation in US courts opposed

The recent directive from the U.S. Justice Department to courts to provide interpretation facility free of cost to litigants with limited skills in English language has come under fire by State court officials across U.S.  They opine that implementing the directive would involve huge expansion of existing interpretation services and cost that States can ill afford.

The heads of group of chief justices and court administration feel the Justice Department is interpreting the Civil Rights Act of 1964 too liberally. They questioned the decision particularly with regard to providing free interpreters in civil cases and also in non courtroom settings. The issue has been taken up with the Attorney General Eric Holder. For more information on the topic please visit http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/courts_lost_in_translation_BSUO1LNSDhAYhX6kyLfqMP#ixzz1SWxHuFwS.

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Colorado to provide court interpreters for all cases

The Colorado Judicial Branch has decided to provide court interpreters for all litigants as per an accord reached with the US Justice Department. Though the Judicial Branch was always providing interpreters free of cost to the litigants for criminal cases, it was not so for civil cases if the litigants could afford engaging their own interpreters as a cost saving measure. The Justice Department launched an investigation in the matter on the basis of a complaint filed in 2004.

The matter will be monitored for three years by a court interpreter oversight committee consisting of a public defender, advocate representing the minorities and a prosecutor. The Judicial Branch will provide the service using existing staff free of cost to litigants. For more information please visit http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_18381667.

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