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Letter to Indiana Courts - Coordination and Review Section, Civil Rights Division, US Department of Justice

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

  • By: Merrily A. Friedlander
  • Organization: Coordination and Review Section Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice

This is a recent letter from Merrily A. Friedlander, Chief of the Coordination and Review Section Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice (COR) to the Indiana Supreme Court in response to Arrieta v. State, 878 N.E.2d 1238 (Ind.,2008) in which the Court ruled that limited English proficient (LEP) defendants are not entitled to receive interpreter services at the court's expense unless they are indigent.

She described the Title VI obligations, how interpreters should be provided and especially in the criminal case that was before the court and also included a copy of the MOU between COR and the Maine Judicial System.

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