Language Services Program

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Language Services Program
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street, 6th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431

Phone: 614.387.9404
Fax: 614.387.9409
E-mail: InterpreterServices@sc.ohio.gov

Manager:
Bruno G. Romero
614.387.9403

Language Services Program Coordinator:
Quincella Maeder
614.387.9404

The Language Services Program provides technical assistance, training, resources and policy recommendations to improve equal access to courts in cases involving limited English proficient, deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

Technical assistance is provided through consultation with local courts and dissemination of publications related to language access. The program provides technical services through the administration of testing, certification and credentialing of court interpreters. Training is offered to court staff, judges, magistrates, attorneys and other legal professionals on matters related to language access. Specialized training is offered to interpreters preparing for certification and credentialing. The program also develops resources to ensure consistency in the use of language services throughout the state.

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In order to comply with the prohibition against national origin discrimination in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d, et. seq., the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C. 3789d(c), and 28 C.F.R. Part 42, Subparts C and D, recipients of federal funds must provide meaningful access to limited English proficient (LEP) individuals. Lau v. Nichols, 414 U.S. 563 (1974). The U.S. Department of Justice advises that practices, such as charging for interpretation and translation services or seeking recoupment for those costs, significantly impair, restrict, or preclude the participation of LEP individuals in the judicial system and are inconsistent with recipients’ Title VI obligations. For more information, please refer to Guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice to state court justices and administrators' Letter from Assistant Attorney of the Civil Rights Division to Chief Justices and State Court Administrators (Aug. 16, 2010); Guidance to Federal Financial Assistance Recipients Regarding Title VI Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Limited English Proficient Persons, 67 Fed. Reg. 41455 (June 18, 2002).