In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), The 15th Judicial District Court is committed to ensuring effective communication for deaf individuals who participate in court proceedings by providing auxiliary aids and services, including qualified interpreters. Participants may include parties, witnesses, jurors, spectators, victims, attorneys and parents or legal guardians of a juvenile who is subject to a court proceeding.
Additionally, interpreting services can be provided for LEP and deaf individuals outside the courtroom for activities or services that are operated or managed by the Court. Some examples include the Clerk’s Office, Self Help Center and the Court Services Office (probation, domestic mediation, programs and classes).
The Court does not provide interpreting services for activities or services obtained through a private provider. This may include court-ordered classes, assessments, interviews, drug screens, and treatment or therapy sessions.
right to an interpreter
Although the United States Constitution does not explicitly guarantee the right to an interpreter, the Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments have traditionally formed the foundation for asserting a defendant’s right to an interpreter.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires agencies receiving federal funds to take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access for Limited English proficient (LEP) persons.
Title II of the American Disabilities Act (ADA) requires local and state courts to provide qualified sign language interpreters to ensure effective communication with deaf and hard of hearing individuals.