Language Services Program

You may have the right to a court-appointed interpreter. If one is not provided, call 1.888.317.3177.

Treating people fairly and impartially is a cornerstone of the judicial system.  The Supreme Court of Ohio is committed to ensuring equal justice to all who come before the court including individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have limited English proficiency. 

The Supreme Court recognizes the obligation to provide language assistance services where these services protect an individual’s rights.  Because any point of contact with the legal system can have serious consequences, courts must make every effort to ensure that language services are provided for deaf, hard of hearing and limited English proficient individuals during all hearings, trials, motions and court functions.

Ohio courts are strongly encouraged to consult Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), 42 U.S.C. §§ 200d to 2000d-7, the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C. §3789d(c), and 28 C.F.R. Part 42, Subparts C and D before making a determination regarding interpreter costs.

To assist courts in the state of Ohio meet its obligations under Title VI, other statutory requirements, and Superintendence Rule 88, the Supreme Court offers the following resources:

Legal Requirements for Language Access

» Department of Justice Guidance on Limited English Proficiency Populations
» Department of Justice Policy Guidance—Federal Register
» Department of Justice Guidance on the American Disability Act, Title II
» Department of Justice ADA

» Ohio Revised Code
» Ohio Rules of Evidence 604 and 702
» Superintendence Rules 80-89
» Code of Professional Conduct for Court Interpreters and Translators

Complaint Resolution

» Complaint Resolution Process (7 languages)
» Complaint Resolution Poster
» Complaint Forms (13 languages)
» Working With Your Interpreter: Information for Deaf & Limited-English Litigants (7 languages)
» Information for Attorneys and Their Clients
» TRAINING VIDEO: Understanding Rule 88 for Judges & Court Personnel

Bench Cards
» Working With Foreign Language Interpreters in the Courtroom: A Benchcard for Judges
» Working With Interpreters for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons in the Courtroom

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