Crime & Justice

LA Superior Court agrees with feds to expand interpreters

Empty Los Angeles Superior Court courtroom.
Empty Los Angeles Superior Court courtroom.
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The Los Angeles County Superior Court system will expand its free interpretation services for people with limited English skills under a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department.

The agreement announced Tuesday brings and end to a complaint filed by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, which had said the court failed to provide free interpreters in civil cases and court operations.

The complaint alleged that the court was violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of national origin.

Federal authorities acknowledged in their announcement that the Superior Court has already been expanding its interpretation services during their investigation.

The court has agreed to meet the goals laid out in the settlement by Dec. 1, 2017.