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(Information provided by courtesy of Isabel Framer)
United States Supreme Court Justice Kennedy Testimony "America and the Courts"  scroll to clip position 51:34 for brief remarks on lack of qualified interpreters by Senator Kohl to Justice Kennedy and Justice Kennedy's response.


California Chief Justice George's remarks

Metropolitan News-Enterprise

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 Page 3 

Full Text of Chief Justice George’s State of the Judiciary Address at:




Last year, because of funding concerns, resources were withheld from a bill to provide interpreter services in critical civil proceedings. There can be no access to justice for one who cannot understand the proceedings. Information and forms increasingly are available in Spanish and other languages in courthouses and on the Judicial Council’s award-winning self-help website, but the need for interpreter services in the courtroom remains acute.

Meeting these needs will not be easy. There are numerous challenges, including the inadequate supply of qualified and certified court interpreters that we are working to supplement. But we must cope with the reality that every year more than 100 languages are spoken in California’s courts, sometimes interpreted by the young children of non-English-speaking parties. We are developing methods that will allow us to make incremental progress in answering this urgent need. We look forward to working with you to start implementing programs that will make a difference for so many persons in understanding and being understood when they come to court.

Isabel Framer
Oregon and Tennessee
State Court Certified Interpreter
Copley, Ohio
Phone 330-665-5752
Fax 330-668-1158
Member of the Board of Directors of NAJIT

Promueve la diversidad dentro de nuestra propia comunidad hispana en cualquier lugar de EE.UU. / Promote diversity even among our own Hispanic Community anywhere in the USA.
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