According to The Journal, last Thursday, a court technology demonstration showcased West Virginia’s plan for providing federally-mandated language access services to litigators. Foreign language interpreters will be piped in via multi-cast videoconferencing. Chief Judge Eric T. Washington, of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and president of the Conference of Chief Justices, attended the event. Here’s what he had to say:
I think it’s going to be a great benefit as we, the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators, convene this fall to discuss how to develop plans to provide language access to those individuals who are limited English proficient… There are a lot of states that have courthouses in rural areas who don’t have ready access to interpreters… Setting up something like this is certainly much less expensive, and we are all facing, as you know, dramatic budget cuts in most state court systems.
READ MORE: Jefferson hosts court demonstration: W.Va. has cost-effective way to provide long-distance interpreters, By Edward Marshall, The Journal (April 6, 2012).