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Joann Lee Appointed to Language Access Plan Implementation Task Force

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Joann Lee, LAFLA Directing Attorney, has been appointed by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court to be a member of the Language Access Plan Implementation Task Force.  Joann has been a leader in the legal community on this vitally important access to justice issue.  More than 200 languages and dialects are spoken in California.  Without proper language assistance, Limited English Proficient (LEP) court users may be excluded from meaningful participation in the judicial court process. In January 2015, the Judicial Council adopted this statewide Language Access Plan (LAP) Report to provide recommendations, guidance, and a consistent statewide approach to ensure language access throughout the courts.  The Language Access Implementation Task Force, chaired by California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, advises the Judicial Council on implementation of the LAP recommendations.
 
For more information on Language Access in the courts, visit http://www.courts.ca.gov/languageaccess.htm

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Human Rights Coalition Asks Court to Allow it to Intervene in Case Alleging Homeless Residents Create a “Nuisance” in Venice

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Los Angeles - A coalition of homeless individuals and advocates is asking a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to allow them to intervene in a lawsuit brought by Venice homeowners against the City and County of Los Angeles, alleging that the existence of people without homes is creating a nuisance for homeowners and tourists in Venice.

"This case is about rich homeowners deciding who gets to be in Venice and then demanding that the City and County push everyone else out.  But we have just as much a right to public space as anyone else," said Johnathan Mills, a member of the Southern California Homeless Bill of Rights Coalition ("SCHBRC") who is currently homeless.

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Multilingual Interpretation Services Expanded for Litigants with Limited English Proficiency

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The Los Angeles Superior Court now provides the services of a court interpreter in unlawful detainer (eviction), guardianship, and conservatorship matters at no cost and without a fee waiver.

Additionally, the Court has expanded the services of court interpreters to include family law and civil harassment matters, also at no cost to the parties.

The Court continues to provide court interpreters in criminal, juvenile delinquency, juvenile dependency, mental health, domestic violence, elder abuse and traffic matters at no cost to the parties. Click Read More for PDFs of Notice in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Eastern Armenian and Vietnamese.

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