Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Proposed ABA Standards for Language Access in Courts Tabled to 2012

Rob Cruz, Chairman of the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT), recently informed NAJIT members that the American Bar Association House of Delegates discussed the proposed Standards for Language Access in Courts [Note: the text of the Standards is no longer available on ABA's web site, instead a description of the Language Access Standards project can be found. December 2011] during its annual meeting held during the first week of August in Toronto, Canada.   According to Cruz, the Conference of Chief Justices and the Court Administrators' group each presented a resolution against the Standards on the basis that they were too broad regarding language access outside the courts.   Despite efforts by the proponents of the Standards, it became clear that the Standards would probably not pass, Cruz said.
Nonetheless there is hope as they were tabled until the next House of Delegates meeting in February 2012.  Cruz considers that “the fact that the debate is ongoing is a tremendous positive [...] . After all, he said, the best Standards will be merely symbolic if funding is not addressed.”
To be continued… The struggle is not over.

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