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Breaking news: Feds find that NC’s failure to provide court interpreters violates the law

The U.S. Department of Justice has informed the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts that North Carolina’s failure to provide court interpreters Title VI of the U.S. Code.

This is from a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice to the state that was released this afternoon:

“We write to report the findings of the Civil Rights Division’s investigation of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), an office within the North Carolina Judicial Department. As the enclosed findings report explains, we have determined after a comprehensive investigation that the AOC’s policies and practices discriminate on the basis of national origin, in violation of federal law, by failing to provide limited English proficient (LEP) individuals with meaningful access to state court proceedings and operations.”

The letter also informs the state that the cost of meeting its obligations in this area would be relatively small (about $1.4 million) and gives North Carolina three weeks to get about the business of complying.

More information shortly.

7 Comments

  1. Nonanon

    March 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Anything in there about the Feds failing to enforce immigration laws? No? I didn’t think so.

    Maybe we should check under the seat cushions for the $1.4M to “get about the business of complying”

    What arrogance of the feds to tell North Carolina what they think we ought to be doing? What else is new?

  2. Frances Jenkins

    March 9, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I am sure this must be the fault of the Republicans in the General Assembly not the Democrats who have been in charge for the last 120 plus year.

  3. Rob Schofield

    March 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Uh — the feds are doing nothing other than telling North Carolina to comply with the law, In case you hadnot noticed, there are a lot of people here legally for whom English is not their native tongue.

    And yes, Frances darling, the Dems deserve a lot of blame for this.

  4. Jack

    March 9, 2012 at 9:24 am

    The fact is that due process cannot be provided to individuals without effective communication in a courtroom. Therefore, people who are deaf whose first language is American Sign Language need an interpreter as does anyone whose first language is not English.

    Nonanon and Frances Jenkins you make no sense at all. Perhaps in your respective worlds you do make some sense but not in the real world.

  5. Frank Burns

    March 9, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Is it too much to ask for people who come to this country to learn English? When I make a call to some agency and they ask to specify my language, something is wrong. Other immigrants have learned English, why can’t the Hispanics? I agree with you Nonanon. This is out of control.

  6. Jack

    March 9, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Again, the issue is due process. Either Americans believe in our system we say is the greatest in the world or we become as some other counties and limit due process to those deemed worthy.

    In general, the American people have lost sight of the fact that one of the reasons this country was founded was because people were not afforded due process so they fled their country of origin.

    They didn’t have rights in the old country where they were summarily put in prison without due process.

  7. donna

    March 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Great news. I followed up and sent Mr. Perez a link to all the fake and unlawful court docs in use in the Wake Court.