CityLimits: City’s Courts Seen Lacking in Interpreters

“The situation is complicated when these organizations cannot pay for private simultaneous translation services and the lawyers are not bilingual. If a defendant is in custody, “you can’t talk to the person if you don’t know the language,” explains Alice Fontier, director of criminal practice at The Bronx Defenders. So for those who can’t make themselves understood, lawyers say, it’s harder to ensure justice in court.”

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