TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 27, 2012

The Tennessee Supreme Court today issued new rules to provide Limited English Proficient (LEP) Tennesseans with more meaningful access to court hearings. The new rules go into effect on July 1. According to the court, an additional $2 million in funding and new rules will help judges better communicate with parties in civil and criminal cases and will enable LEP persons to more fully participate in court proceedings and understand what is expected of them. Before the new funding, interpreter costs were paid for by the state only in certain cases where a person was entitled to but could not afford to pay for an attorney. The new rules will provide qualified interpreters for all hearings if an interpreter is needed. Learn more about the new rules or about interpreter services on the AOC website.