A Report of the California Commission on Access to Justice.

To address this problem, the Commission on Access to Justice formed a standing committee on language access issues and commissioned this report to examine the scope and impact of language barriers in California’s justice system and offer suggestions for ways to improve services for people with limited English proficiency. While this report focuses primarily on what can be done to address language barriers in our courts, other components of the justice system — including legal services programs, lawyer referral services, law libraries, law schools, bar associations and individual lawyers — also need to address language barriers if true access to justice is to be achieved. Suggestions for addressing language barriers in these other components of the judicial system are also being considered by the Commission, although they are not the focus of this report