LAP Joint Working Group

The Joint Working Group for California’s Language Access Plan will develop a comprehensive, statewide, language access plan (LAP) for the judiciary to be able to expand meaningful access for limited-English-proficient court users. 

Established: June 2013

Joint Working Group for California’s Language Access Plan Next Meeting:

December 22, 2014 Action by Email




Previous Meetings

Friday December 5, 2014


October 21-22, 2014


Public Hearings

In 2014, the Joint Working Group hosted public hearings throughout the state. The public's input and involvement continue to be solicited throughout the plan development process. Formal notices of events will be posted here when they become available.

Public Hearings Announcement | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | 한국어 | Hmoob | Русский

The Saramento hearing took place on Thursday, March 13, 2014.  Click for details:


The Los Angeles hearing took place on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Click for details:


The San Francisco hearing took place on Monday, February 24, 2014. Click for details:

    Working Group Members

    The working group is composed of two Judicial Council advisory groups: Access & Fairness Advisory Committee and the Court Interpreters Advisory Panel, and also includes bench officers, court staff, and certified and registered court interpreters (both contractors and court employees). Learn more about each member.

    Cochairs

    Hon. Maria P. Rivera, Cochair
    Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal,
    First Appellate District, Division Four
    Member, Access and Fairness Advisory
    Committee

    Hon. Manuel J. Covarrubias, Cochair
    Judge of the Superior Court of California,
    County of Ventura
    Member, Court Interpreters Advisory Panel

    Members

    Hon. Steven K. Austin
    Assistant Presiding Judge of the Superior
    Court of California, County of Contra Costa

    Mr. Bao Luu
    Certified Court Interpreter
    Superior Court of California, County of Orange

    Mr. Kenneth W. Babcock
    Executive Director and General Counsel
    Public Law Center

    Hon. Miguel Márquez
    Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal
    Sixth Appellate District

    Mr. Jaeis Chon
    Certified Court Interpreter
    Independent Contractor

    Ms. Lisa McNaughton
    Certified Court Interpreter
    Superior Court of California, County of Sonoma

    Ms. Tracy Clark, MA, SC:L
    Manager, Court Interpreting Services
    Superior Court of California, County of Ventura

    Ms. Thuy Thi Nguyen
    General Counsel
    Peralta Community College District

    Ms. Debra A. Donson
    Certified Court Interpreter
    Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

    Ms. Ivette Peña
    Court Counsel
    Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

    Hon. Dennis Hayashi
    Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda

    Hon. Rebecca S. Riley
    Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Ventura

    Ms. Janet Hudec
    Certified Court Interpreter
    Superior Court of California, County of Madera

    Mr. Michael Roddy
    Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of San Diego

    Ms. Oleksandra Johnson
    Certified Court Interpreter
    Independent Contractor

    Mr. José H. Varela
    Public Defender
    Marin County Public Defender

    Ms. Kristine Kussman
    Court Executive Officer
    Superior Court of California, County of Imperial

    Ms. Christina M. Volkers
    Court Executive Officer
    Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino

    Ms. Ginger Lamar
    Court Services Manager
    Superior Court of California, County of Orange

    Hon. Laurie D. Zelon
    Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal,
    Second Appellate District, Division Seven

    Judicial Council Committee Staff

    Mr. Douglas G. Denton
    Senior Court Services Analyst
    Court Language Access Support Program

     

    The Joint Working Group for California's Language Access Plan will develop a comprehensive, statewide, language access plan (LAP) for the judiciary to be able to expand meaningful access for limited-English-proficient court users. The plan will provide a consistent approach for language access throughout the judiciary.

    When the LAP is adopted by the council, which is anticipated to occur in January 2015, an implementation plan will be developed that will identify the costs required to phase in the LAP recommendations over the next five years (2015-2020). It is anticipated that efficiencies identified in the plan can provide significant long-term savings for the courts.

    September 30, 2014: The formal public comment period on the draft Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts is now closed. The Joint Working Group for California’s Language Access Plan accepted formal public comment on the draft plan through September 29, 2014. An executive summary of the draft plan is available in English and Spanish. Following the public comment process, the draft plan will be revised and a final plan will be presented to the Judicial Council for its review and adoption.

    August 14, 2014: Joint Working Group submits informational report to the Judicial Council regarding the draft Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts. Presentation (8/22). Audiocast (8/22)

    July 31, 2014: Public Comment Sought on Proposed Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts. Deadline for comments is September 29, 2014.

    31 de julio, 2014: Se solicita Comentario Público sobre el Plan preliminar Estratégico para Acceso Lingüístico en los Tribunales de California. La fecha límite para comentarios es el 29 de Septiembre 2014.

     

     

     

    Contact Information

    Joint Working Group for California's Language Access Plan
    Judicial Council of California
    Court Operations Services
    Operations & Programs
    c/o Douglas G. Denton
    455 Golden Gate Avenue
    San Francisco, California 94102
    LAP@jud.ca.gov

     

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