Hawaii court interpreter service gets top national ranking
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By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER Associated Press
HONOLULU (AP) - A national report ranks Hawaii's state court system No. 1 in the country for providing support to those with limited English proficiency.
The Hawaii Judiciary offers court interpreters in 45 different languages, but officials still struggle with finding enough qualified interpreters to satisfy the demand.
The top ranking comes after the U.S. Department of Justice last year closed its review of Hawaii's language access program. The department intervened in 2012 and provided assistance after receiving complaints about state court language services.
The National Center for Access to Justice rankings released Wednesday also place Hawaii third for overall access to justice. The report measures accessibility in four categories: attorney access for low-income litigants; support for litigants representing themselves without an attorney; language access support and help for those with disabilities.
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