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Language Access and Interpreter Services

Language Access and Interpreter Services

The Berks County Courts are committed to ensuring that persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP), or who are deaf or hard of hearing, have equal access to the Courts and all available court services.

Court Interpreters are provided at all Court levels, if your appearance is required.

If you, or someone you know, requires the services of a Language Interpreter, please submit an Interpreter Request Form.

To ensure that a Language Interpreter will be available to provide interpreting services, the Interpreter Request Form should be submitted as soon as the Court appearance is scheduled.

For further assistance, please contact the Berks County Language Access Coordinator:

Sonia Schlamowitz

Chief Court Interpreter

Court Administration

Services Center, 4th Floor

633 Court Street

Reading, PA 19601

Office: (610) 478-6208 Ext. 5711

Fax: (610) 478-6449

Email:SSchlamowitz@countyofberks.com

INTERPRETER REQUEST FORM (in English/Spanish) - Complete the online form to request the assistance of an Interpreter. Para solicitar los servicios de un intérprete, por favor llene y someta este formulario.

County Language Access Plan - This Language Access Plan (LAP) is the plan for the judicial district to ensure meaningful access to court services for persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) or deaf or hard of hearing in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Complaint Procedure and Form - Should a court client/customer feel that his/her rights to meaningful language access have not been met by the Court, the following procedure may be followed to register a complaint.

Procedimiento y Formulario para Presentar Quejas - En caso de que un cliente del Tribunal considere que el Tribunal no ha respetado sus derechos a tener acceso a servicios lingüísticos adecuados, podrá seguir el siguiente procedimiento para presentar una queja.

Other related resources/links:

AOPC Website

Interpreter Roster

Tips for Attorneys/Judges - What Judges and Attorneys need to know about interpreters in the legal process.

The Department of Justice's memorandum on limited English proficient parties and their access to the Court system from Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez - August 16, 2010.

Executive Order 13166