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Fulton County Superior Court Announces New Online Interpreter Reservation System | Print |

The Superior Court of Fulton County has launched a new online system to schedule and track the use of Interpreters. The fully integrated online reservation system will be available for court staff and attorneys operating in the Superior Court and is expected to “Go Live” on Monday, May 20, 2013.

The online system requires each user to create a user name and password to authenticate each request and confirms the appointment via email. In an effort to further automate the largest and busiest trial court in Georgia, the new system will also readily prepare reports and gather statistical information to allow for future budget allocations.

 

“All reservations will be managed through this system in an effort to streamline requests, give each chamber better access to information regarding the most frequently used languages, and provide for quick and easy email confirmations for lawyers and court users” said Yolanda L. Lewis, District Court Administrator.

“As a Court, we are proud of our continued efforts to be innovative in providing greater access to justice and to court related services." The program is only the second of its kind in Georgia and was conceptualized in both jurisdictions by Court Administrator, Yolanda L. Lewis.

There are many individuals who write, read and speak English in Fulton County; however, there are thousands of people entering the court of which English is not their primary language. Based on the 2000 census, over 26 million individuals speak Spanish, and almost 7 million individuals speak an Asian or Pacific Island language at home.

If these individuals have a limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English, they are limited English proficient, or “LEP." This can be a barrier to accessing important benefits or services, understanding and exercising important rights, complying with applicable responsibilities, or understanding other information provided by the court.


“Limited English Proficiency should not be a barrier to any individual seeking justice in our court.” Chief Judge Cynthia D. Wright said in a statement. “We are continuing our efforts to be adaptable in our efforts to provide greater access to the court.”

For more information about the new online system, please visit www.fultoncourt.org or contact the Court Administrator’s Office at 404-612-4518.

The Superior Court of Fulton County is Georgia's busiest trial court of general jurisdiction. The twenty Judges of the Superior Court preside over more than 30,000 administrative appeals, civil, major criminal and domestic relations cases, annually. With a yearly budget of more than $25 million, the Court works diligently to offer Fulton County citizens meaningful access to the judicial system. Three divisions, Diversionary Drug Court, the Family Division and Business Court, provide specialized services to citizens.

 
 

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