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New York Courts Are Failing Non-English Speakers (NY)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

"Nearly three-fourths of surveyed legal-aid attorneys reported some of their cases had been adjourned due to lack of language services.


"Imagine walking into a courtroom to fight an eviction notice you can barely read. Imagine giving traumatic testimony about how your husband has battered you for years before a distracted judge speaking in an incomprehensible language. For people with limited English ability, walking into a New York City courtroom can feel like running into a wall of confusion. Although New York's courts are supposed to be an accessible forum of justice for all, huge language gaps in the civil and criminal courts are systematically disenfranchising immigrant communities, according to research by Legal Services of New York City (LSNYC). Continue Reading