The Essence of Due Process is the Opportunity to be Heard

May 2016  Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys Newsletter, Vol. 35, Issue I

Case law update for Georgia attorneys regarding unanimous decision in State v. Tunkara, 298 Ga. 488 (2016) which concluded, inter alia, that a criminal defendant was entitled to a new trial because the interpreter in the defendant’s first trial was not qualified. Tunkara, though not a “language access” case specifically, furthered Georgia judicial policy regarding the the requirement that all appointed legal interpreters be “qualified” as established by Ramos v. Terry, 279 Ga. 889, 622 S.E.2d 339 (2005) and and Ling v. State, 288 Ga. 299; 702 S.E.2d 881 (2010 )

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