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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 13, 2012

About two years ago, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told state chief justices that their states must provide free translation services to parties in any court case or risk losing all federal funding. So Tennessee found the money and is set to expand translation services following a comment period on proposed new rules. But a new question has been raised about whether the state is doing enough to make sure non-English-speaking victims understand what is happening in the courtroom. While a translator is provided for victims during their testimony, once they leave the witness stand those services end. The Tennessean explores the issue