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NCSC Completes National Grant Project on Improving Language Access Services in the State Courts

To further support state courts in developing and improving language access services, the National Center for State Courts provided direct technical assistance, guidance, and new tools for state and local courts with the support of an SJI Grant awarded in FY 2013.

In addition to providing individual local and state court technical assistance, the NCSC also used developed a national tool to assist state courts in locating and accessing qualified court interpreters that may not be easily sourced at the local level.  The result was the release of a court interpreter database with 1,324 interpreters in 49 languages, which was made available to court language access program managers across the country in 2016.

These efforts assisted local and state jurisdictions of varying size and governance structures not only in addressing their specific language access needs, but also in providing models and work products for use by others, thus contributing to significant improvements in language services nationwide.

The full report on the work completed by NCSC under this grant is available online at the NCSC Language Access Services Section website.