County Settles Court Interpreter Suit

A lawsuit settled in federal court earlier this month means Bradley County must pay $10,000 to a man who says his civil rights were violated when he was forced to pay for an interpreter in Bradley County General Sessions Court. Though the decision to settle means the case cannot be used in the future as legal precedent, plaintiff attorneys maintain the decision still carries weight for similar cases throughout the country, the Times Free Press reports. Attorneys had argued that “the specter of paying interpreter costs creates leverage to discourage a…limited-English-proficiency defendant from having his or her day in court.” Groups supporting the suit applauded the decision saying interpreter costs should be viewed as an integral part of court management and be borne by the judicial system.