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Panel will study interpreters in SD courts

Sunday, November 08, 2009

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Supreme Court has appointed a committee to study the use of interpreters and translators in the state's court system.

The panel will examine how interpreters are used in the courts and recommend ways to improve court services for people who do not speak English.

Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson says South Dakota has a history of welcoming immigrants and visitors. He says everyone is entitled to equal justice, so people need access to the court system through a language they understand.

The 15-member committee will be chaired by Circuit Judge Bradley Zell of Sioux Falls. It will include Circuit Judge Jon Erickson of Huron, Attorney General Marty Jackley, lawyers and interpreters.

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