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Delaware Docket Newsletter
Fall 2012

Delaware Participates in National Summit on Language Access in the Courts

Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden stated: "I am grateful to the Conference of Chief Justices, the Conference of State Court Administrator, the National Center for State Courts and the State Justice Institute for providing the opportunity to meet with representatives from other states to discuss strategies for ensuring access to justice for people with limited English proficiency."

Family Court Judge Aida Waserstein stated: "The national perspective is important. It is very helpful to share experiences and learn the procedures used in other jurisdictions as we all work  to meet this important mandate in a fiscally responsible manner. The quality of the presentations was also high. This added to the benefit received from attending."

A team from Delaware joined nearly 300 court leaders from 48 other states, three territories, and the District of Columbia to participate in the National Summit on Language Access in the Courts in Houston, Texas from October 1 - 3, 2012. The Summit, sponsored by the Conference of Chief Justices, Conference of State Court Administrators, National Center for State Courts, and the State Justice Institute, focused on devising solutions to improve access to justice for litigants with Limited English Proficiency. It allowed state court leaders the opportunity to share successful strategies and evidence-based practices, plan system improvements, and discuss approaches to pursue greater consistency in interpreter policies across states. Major themes of the conference included: training for judges and court personnel, translation best practices, use of technology to increase efficiency in interpreter programs, collaboration models to increase available resources, and community outreach efforts. State teams consisted of judges, court administrators, state legislators, and interpreter program staff designated by the Chief Justice. Delaware's team included Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden, Court of Common Pleas Chief Judge Alex Smalls, and Family Court Judge Aida Waserstein (members and chair of Delaware's Court Interpreter Advisory Committee), and Administrative Office of the Courts staff.

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Delaware's Summit Team (seated left to right): Maria Perez-Chambers, Franny Haney, Judge Aida Waserstein, (standing left to right): Pat Griffin, Amy Quinlan, Chief Judge Alex Smalls, Judge Jan Jurden.