Judiciary Language Assistance Policy

A Message From Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald:

The Judiciary has long recognized that many people who come before the courts, or receive Judiciary services, may not be able to meaningfully participate due to limited English proficiency (LEP) or speech or hearing impairments. We have dedicated many resources over the last several years to enhancing language access services for LEP court customers. We are proud of the accomplishments we have achieved in providing such services -- including providing court interpreters for all defendants, parties, and witnesses in all case types and providing language services at all points of contact with the Judiciary, including over-the-counter and over-the-telephone encounters. Much of our success is attributable to the time and care Judiciary employees and volunteers provide LEP customers. I am pleased to announce the following Judiciary Policy, effective June 28, 2013, that re-affirms our commitment to serving LEPs:

Judiciary Policy 2013-1

The Hawaii State Judiciary is committed to providing meaningful access to court processes and services to persons with limited English proficiency. The Judiciary shall reasonably provide competent, timely, and free language assistance for Judiciary-related business. The Judiciary shall reasonably notify the public of the Judiciary’s language assistance commitment.

Additional Language Assistance Links:

For more information, see the Judiciary's Language Access Plan.

Contact Information:

Office on Equality and Access to the Courts
Hawai`i State Judiciary
426 Queen Street, Room B17
Honolulu, HI 96813-2914
Phone: (808) 539-4860
Facsimile: (808) 539-4203
E-mail: OEAC@courts.hawaii.gov

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