Federal Coordination and Compliance Section Civil Rights Division U.S. Department of Justice February 2014

This language access planning and technical assistance tool for courts was created by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Federal Coordination and Compliance Section (DOJ), to assist courts and court systems as they develop comprehensive language access programs. This tool was developed in response to requests for technical assistance from courts and others involved in planning and implementing measures to improve language assistance services in courts for limited English proficient (LEP) individuals. We received many helpful comments and feedback to the draft version of this tool from attorneys, judges, court staff, advocates, community groups, state court systems, and national state court leadership associations and advisory committee members. We appreciate the time, thought, and expertise reflected in those recommendations, all of which were considered and many of which are incorporated into this final version of the tool.