July 29, 2015

The Language of Justice: Removing Language Barriers to Justice in the Nation's Courts

Video Recording

Language diversity in the United States has dramatically increased over the last three decades. There are currently more than 300 languages spoken or signed in the United States. The last Census estimates indicated that 20% of the population over the age of 5 spoke a language other than English in their home.

In 2012 the ABA House of Delegates adopted the ABA Standards for Language Access in Courts, urging courts to adopt plans to implement the standards, and urging funding authorities to ensure adequate funding to accomplish the goals of the Standards. This program will teach judicial officers how to ensure access to justice for a diverse group of court users who have limited proficiency in the English language.

Panelists will address how their jurisdictions have responded in light of Department of Justice inquiries, and how they are utilizing technology and other innovations in order to meet these Constitutional mandates in a time of limited court resources.


Honorable James Jordan, 160th Judicial District Court, Dallas, TX


  • Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye, Supreme Court of California, San Francisco, CA
  • Justice Edward L. Ch├ívez, Supreme Court of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM
  • Honorable Christopher P. Yates, Michigan State Court, Kent County, Grand Rapids, MI
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