Ohio Courts Have Access to Phone Translators in 200 Languages


The Ohio Supreme Court now offers an all-hours language interpretation service that courts across the state can use at no cost, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The telephonic service includes about 200 languages and is part of a plan to assist local courts with about 25,000 cases a year that require an interpreter.

According to court guidelines, phone interpreters should be used when no certified or language-skilled interpreter is available in person, when a court hearing would be delayed or when the language required is not common to an area. The service can also be used to avoid a conflict of interest with family or community interpreters when the population that speaks a specific language is small.

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