Court Issues Analysis
April 15, 2014
Professor Mary Young
Court Issues Analysis
Courts in the United States have a tremendous task of setting the standard for justice in America. To some, this task may be considered easy but there are those that understand that this job comes with a heavy challenge. Compound the rise in crime, budget issues and language barriers and one can see that the court systems are held together by a loose piece of thread. This paper however will focus on one of the many challenges that the criminal justice system is facing now regarding language interpretation while giving an in through evaluation of victims’ and their ...view middle of the document...
Violent crimes in the United States are on the rise, and with that come an increased workload for the criminal justice system. Currently staff, managers, judges and other personnel is working extreme hours and are in most cases over worked and underpaid.
Significant growth in immigrant populations in rural areas has become an increasingly important challenge for rural courts. Court administrators ‘offices in several states have found innovative ways to ensure that qualified interpreters are available in rural courts for individuals involved in court cases who do not have a good command of the English language. The Idaho Supreme Court has implemented a three-tiered program designed by the National Center for State Courts to certify interpreters in eleven languages. The Georgia Commission on Interpreters, located within the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts, has implemented significant outreach initiatives to recruit potential interpreters across the state and provides training to interpreter candidates in rural locations via Webinars. (http://www.ncsc.org) The state court community has long been aware of the need for the effective use of court interpreters to improve access to justice for Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals. Demographic trends make it clear that the American judicial system faces mounting difficulties in meeting the challenge of ethnic and linguistic diversity. In an effort to move towards greater awareness of these challenges, that are put together with the determination to implement programs to improve interpreting services, a growing number of state court systems have instituted certification and continuing education programs and have prescribed codes of professional responsibility for court interpreters. The newly-established Language Access Services Section (LASS)provides state courts with resources to overcome language barriers in the courts and to ensure that providing individuals with limited English proficiency with access to the courts is a core function of the courts. LASS works closely with the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) through the Language Access Advisory Committee (LAAC) and the...