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

Posted By Rob Schofield On March 8, 2012 @ 4:10 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

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 [1] 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.


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[1] a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice to the state: http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/cor/TitleVI/030812_DOJ_Letter_to_NC_AOC.pdf

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