Tennessee ranked 6th for courtroom interpreters

Tennessee ranked 6th for courtroom interpreters

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NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's courtroom interpreter program has been ranked sixth in the nation by Cardozo School of Law's National Center for Access to Justice.

In Tennessee, the Administrative Office of the Courts assists in finding interpreters for any court participant who has a limited ability to speak or understand English.

According to the office, the interpreter program includes a new pilot project in Sumner County in which interpreters provide language assistance by video conference rather than traveling to the courtroom.

Administrative Office of the Courts Director Bill Young said in a news release that the recognition from Cardozo is the culmination of years of hard work by people who recognized that justice requires courtroom participants to fully understand the proceedings.

The full report is available at http://www.justiceindex.org/findings/language-assistance .

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