Justice Melton in Q&A on Language as a Barrier to Access

Feb 19, 2014  Daily Report

Can a defendant in a civil case who cannot speak English effectively participate in her court case without a trained interpreter? Are courts required to provide trained interpreters? Can a judge summon a bilingual clerk to assist?

Georgia Legal Services Program bilingual attorney Jana J. Edmondson-Cooper recently interviewed Georgia Supreme Court Justice Harold D. Melton to work through some of those questions and discuss his passion for improving access to justice among those who speak limited or no English or have other communication challenges, such as hearing impairment.

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