Performance of the City and Parish Courts

Fiscal Year 2015 - 2016

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GOAL 1: TO ESTABLISH A MORE OPEN AND ACCESSIBLE SYSTEM OF JUSTICE.


Objective

1.3 To give all who appear before the court reasonable opportunities to participate effectively without undue hardship or inconvenience.

Intent of the Objective

This objective focuses on how a court should accommodate participants in its proceedings, especially individuals with disabilities, with difficulty communicating in English, or with mental impairments. For example, courts can meet the objective through their efforts to comply with the programmatic requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and through the adoption of policies and procedures for ascertaining the need for and securing the services of competent language interpreters. Responses To Objective

Responses To Objective

  1. Actions taken in FY 2015-2016 to develop and maintain a policy or procedure to assist patrons with limited English proficiency.

QuestionIdQuestionStatementResponse
1010664623What actions, if any, did your court take during the reporting period to develop and maintain a policy or procedure to assist patrons with limited English proficiency?Actions taken in FY 2015-2016 to develop and maintain a policy or procedure to assist patrons with limited English proficiency.
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Actions taken in FY 2015-2016 to develop and maintain a policy or procedure to assist patrons with limited English proficiency.
Additional actions taken by the courts to address this objective
JEFFERSON PARISH 1ST PARISH COURT
The court provided courthouse lobby signs both in English and Spanish. Also, computer codes input by court minute clerks automatically generate appropriate notification for interpreters when services are required. In addition, the court has four employees fluent in Spanish to help defendants with communication.
JEFFERSON PARISH 2ND PARISH COURT
Second Parish Court has staff members that are fluent in the Spanish and Vietnamese languages.
KAPLAN CITY COURT
The court reported that language has never been an issue but if it arose, the court would use the district court interpreters.
LAFAYETTE CITY COURT
The court maintained Boykin forms in English and in Spanish and continued to expand a list of qualified interpreters to include French, Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Swahili, Thai and any other language needed. the court arranged for training of interpreters on a regular basis.
NEW ORLEANS MUNICIPAL COURT
Municipal Court used licensed interpreter agencies that are on the Louisiana Supreme Court-approved list to provide for language services when necessary. The defendant, victim, or witness notifies the court that an interpreter is needed and the court makes the request for interpreter services through the clerk's office.
SULPHUR CITY COURT
Sulphur City Court had the rights form prepared in Spanish for Spanish-speaking defendants.
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Additional actions taken by the courts to address this objective6 courts (JEFFERSON PARISH 1ST PARISH COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 2ND PARISH COURT, KAPLAN CITY COURT, LAFAYETTE CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS MUNICIPAL COURT, SULPHUR CITY COURT)
Adopted, maintained, or routinely administered an oath for language interpreters, such as the one provided in Appendix 5.1C of the Louisiana District Court Rules24 courts (ABBEVILLE CITY COURT, ASCENSION PARISH COURT, BATON ROUGE CITY COURT, BOSSIER CITY COURT, CROWLEY CITY COURT, HAMMOND CITY COURT, HOUMA CITY COURT, JEANERETTE CITY COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 1ST PARISH COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 2ND PARISH COURT, JENNINGS CITY COURT, LAFAYETTE CITY COURT, LAKE CHARLES CITY COURT, MORGAN CITY COURT, NATCHITOCHES CITY COURT, NEW IBERIA CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS 1ST CITY COURT, PORT ALLEN CITY COURT, SHREVEPORT CITY COURT, SLIDELL CITY COURT, SULPHUR CITY COURT, THIBODAUX CITY COURT, WEST MONROE CITY COURT, ZACHARY CITY COURT)
Continued to address this objective through the actions indicated below, or implemented the following new actions to address this objective as indicated below36 courts (ASCENSION PARISH COURT, BATON ROUGE CITY COURT, BOGALUSA CITY COURT, BOSSIER CITY COURT, BREAUX BRIDGE CITY COURT, BUNKIE CITY COURT, CROWLEY CITY COURT, DENHAM SPRINGS CITY COURT, HAMMOND CITY COURT, HOUMA CITY COURT, JEANERETTE CITY COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 1ST PARISH COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 2ND PARISH COURT, JENNINGS CITY COURT, LAFAYETTE CITY COURT, LAKE CHARLES CITY COURT, MINDEN CITY COURT, MONROE CITY COURT, MORGAN CITY COURT, NEW IBERIA CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS 1ST CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS 2ND CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS MUNICIPAL COURT, NEW ORLEANS TRAFFIC COURT, OAKDALE CITY COURT, OPELOUSAS CITY COURT, PORT ALLEN CITY COURT, RAYNE CITY COURT, SHREVEPORT CITY COURT, SLIDELL CITY COURT, SULPHUR CITY COURT, THIBODAUX CITY COURT, VILLE PLATTE CITY COURT, WEST MONROE CITY COURT, WINNFIELD CITY COURT, ZACHARY CITY COURT)
Developed or maintained a list of professional interpreters for non-English-speaking patrons36 courts (ABBEVILLE CITY COURT, ASCENSION PARISH COURT, BASTROP CITY COURT, BATON ROUGE CITY COURT, BOGALUSA CITY COURT, BOSSIER CITY COURT, BUNKIE CITY COURT, CROWLEY CITY COURT, DENHAM SPRINGS CITY COURT, EUNICE CITY COURT, FRANKLIN CITY COURT, HAMMOND CITY COURT, HOUMA CITY COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 1ST PARISH COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 2ND PARISH COURT, JENNINGS CITY COURT, LAFAYETTE CITY COURT, LAKE CHARLES CITY COURT, MINDEN CITY COURT, MONROE CITY COURT, NATCHITOCHES CITY COURT, NEW IBERIA CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS 1ST CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS 2ND CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS MUNICIPAL COURT, NEW ORLEANS TRAFFIC COURT, PORT ALLEN CITY COURT, RAYNE CITY COURT, SHREVEPORT CITY COURT, SLIDELL CITY COURT, SULPHUR CITY COURT, VILLE PLATTE CITY COURT, WEST MONROE CITY COURT, WINNFIELD CITY COURT, WINNSBORO CITY COURT, ZACHARY CITY COURT)
Did not address this objective2 courts (MARKSVILLE CITY COURT, VIDALIA CITY COURT)
Encouraged and/or required interpreters to abide by a code of professional responsibility such as the Louisiana Code of Professional Responsibility for Language Interpreters as found in Section 1, Part G, Section 14 of the General Administrative Rules for Louisiana Courts22 courts (BATON ROUGE CITY COURT, BOSSIER CITY COURT, CROWLEY CITY COURT, EUNICE CITY COURT, HAMMOND CITY COURT, HOUMA CITY COURT, JEANERETTE CITY COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 1ST PARISH COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 2ND PARISH COURT, JENNINGS CITY COURT, LAFAYETTE CITY COURT, LAKE CHARLES CITY COURT, MONROE CITY COURT, MORGAN CITY COURT, NEW IBERIA CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS 1ST CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS MUNICIPAL COURT, NEW ORLEANS TRAFFIC COURT, OPELOUSAS CITY COURT, RAYNE CITY COURT, SLIDELL CITY COURT, ZACHARY CITY COURT)
Installed or maintained signage regarding services to LEP persons7 courts (BATON ROUGE CITY COURT, BOSSIER CITY COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 1ST PARISH COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 2ND PARISH COURT, NEW ORLEANS 1ST CITY COURT, SLIDELL CITY COURT, SULPHUR CITY COURT)
Provided foreign language interpreter services when necessary45 courts (ABBEVILLE CITY COURT, ALEXANDRIA CITY COURT, ASCENSION PARISH COURT, BAKER CITY COURT, BATON ROUGE CITY COURT, BOGALUSA CITY COURT, BOSSIER CITY COURT, BREAUX BRIDGE CITY COURT, CROWLEY CITY COURT, DENHAM SPRINGS CITY COURT, EUNICE CITY COURT, FRANKLIN CITY COURT, HAMMOND CITY COURT, HOUMA CITY COURT, JEANERETTE CITY COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 1ST PARISH COURT, JEFFERSON PARISH 2ND PARISH COURT, JENNINGS CITY COURT, LAFAYETTE CITY COURT, LAKE CHARLES CITY COURT, LEESVILLE CITY COURT, MINDEN CITY COURT, MONROE CITY COURT, MORGAN CITY COURT, NATCHITOCHES CITY COURT, NEW IBERIA CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS 1ST CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS 2ND CITY COURT, NEW ORLEANS MUNICIPAL COURT, NEW ORLEANS TRAFFIC COURT, OAKDALE CITY COURT, OPELOUSAS CITY COURT, PINEVILLE CITY COURT, PLAQUEMINE CITY COURT, PORT ALLEN CITY COURT, RAYNE CITY COURT, RUSTON CITY COURT, SHREVEPORT CITY COURT, SLIDELL CITY COURT, SPRINGHILL CITY COURT, SULPHUR CITY COURT, THIBODAUX CITY COURT, WEST MONROE CITY COURT, WINNSBORO CITY COURT, ZACHARY CITY COURT)

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