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SUPREME COURT ACTION PLAN ON MINORITY CONCERNS *

PROVIDE EQUAL ACCESS FOR LINGUISTIC MINORITIES

The Court reiterates its position that the courts and their support services shall be equally accessible for all persons regardless of the degree to which they are able to communicate effectively in the English language. Linguistic barriers to access shall be overcome by providing qualified interpreters and bilingual court support personnel.

To reach these goals, the AOC shall expeditiously develop and submit to the Court for its consideration a comprehensive set of standards for assuring equal access to courts and their support services for linguistic minorities. The Judiciary shall also continue to seek adequate funding for full implementation of the goals of (1) providing qualified interpreters to all persons needing them, (2) expanding its program for training court interpreters, and (3) compensating interpreters adequately.

As to bilingual court support personnel, the AOC shall extend its initiative on certain classes of bilingual personnel in the probation departments to all offices of the Judiciary where bilingual employees are needed in order to assure strategic deployment of bilingual employees statewide.

Finally, each of the existing (Code of Judicial Conduct; Rules of Professional Conduct) and proposed (Code of Conduct for Judiciary Employees) codes of conduct for attorneys and employees of the Judiciary shall be revised to include the prohibition of discrimination on the basis of language. (at pp. 9-10)

* The Action Plan was published by the Supreme Court on August 16, 1993. The text reported here is the exact text published therein.

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