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Guidelines for State Courts Serving Limited English Proficient (LEP) Youth and Family Members-Short Fact Sheet

Published May 2, 2012, Dana Shoenberg

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Good communication and cultural understanding are prerequisites to a fair, efficient, and effective justice system. Navigating the juvenile justice system is often difficult for youth and their families. For those from different linguistic backgrounds, understanding the process can be particularly challenging, and misunderstanding or confusion can contribute to their over representation and harsher treatment in the system. In these two fact sheets, CCLP outlines the obligations of state courts that serve limited English proficient youth and family members, including the Justice Department's new guidance from the fall of 2010.

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