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More than 200 languages and dialects are spoken in California. Without proper language assistance, limited English proficiency (LEP) court users may be excluded from meaningful participation in the Court process.
In January 2015, the Judicial Council adopted the statewide language access plan to provide recommendations, guidance, and a consistent statewide approach to ensure language access throughout the courts.
As part of its implementation of the language access plan, the Superior Court of California, County of Butte, now provides no-cost interpreter services for all court proceedings and court-operated services and programs.
To request an interpreter for court proceedings or any court-operated service or program (such as family court mediation, or assistance from our self-help center), read the instructions found below and fill out and submit the interpreter request form.
The purpose of this procedure is to coordinate litigant requests for interpreter services for Court hearings and Court-sponsored and/or Court-provided Services.
The following procedure shall apply to all court facilities serving Butte County. Additional information may need to be provided by the requestor upon the court's review of this form in order to coordinate interpreter services.
If your complaint is regarding the court's failure to provide interpreter services or general complaints about court staff, bench officers, or local documents and translations provided by the court, please file your complaint with this court by submitting a Language Access Services Complaint Form.
To file a complaint regarding a specific California court interpreter if you believe a certified or registered interpreter has violated Rule of Court 2.890; is unable to interpret competently in English and/or in the language being interpreted; committed acts of wrongdoing or behaved unethically Click here.
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