At the Legal Aid of Napa Valley’s fifth annual Pro Bono Recognition Event, discussions focused on accessibility to the state’s court system for non-English and limited English speakers, with California State Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar outlining his plans to make California a leader in language accessibility.
Chloe F. Johnson
Napa Valley Register
September 11, 2015
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid of Napa Valley (now Bay Area Legal Aid)
State Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar knows about the immigrant experience firsthand. As a teenager, Cuéllar emigrated with his parents from the Mexican state of Matamoros to California’s Imperial Valley in 1986. This inspired Cuèllar’s main project today: making the California court system accessible to people who speak English as a second language or not at all.
A version of Cuéllar’s language access plan has been approved by the Statewide Judiciary Council, but tight funding could make it hard to implement. Still, he is hoping that with the help of volunteers, more language interpreters can be provided.
Tags: Language Access