Federal law enforcement began investigating California’s courts seven years ago after receiving complaints that two Korean-speaking women in Los Angeles had been denied court interpreters.Courts in other states also were examined and faulted. Along with California, they began working to comply with U.S civil rights law, which bars discrimination based on national origin. Failure to act meant the possible loss of federal money.At least 220 languages are spoken in California, and 44% of residents speak a language other than English at home. Seven million Californians say they cannot speak English well.On top of that, California’s court system is considered the largest in the nation, surpassing in size the entire labyrinth of federal courts.But nowhere has the task been so challenging as in California, the most linguistically diverse state in the nation.
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