Commission on Interpreters Issues Bench Card for Judges

March 4, 2016

Atlanta, GA — The Georgia Commission on Interpreters released its second bench card for judges at the Judicial Council meeting in Atlanta on February 26. “Working with Limited English Proficient Persons and Foreign-Language Interpreters in the Courtroom” offers guidance on dealing with court participants who are Limited English Proficient and how to find a qualified interpreter for court proceedings.

In August 2015, the Commission issued its first bench card “Working with Deaf or Hard of Hearing Persons and Sign Language Interpreters in the Courtroom.”

The bench cards serve as quick-reference guides on language services.  They have been distributed to all Georgia trial court judges, court administrators, court clerks, licensed court interpreters, legal services groups, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and other key stakeholders.

“These two bench cards together we hope will help Georgia judges, court staff, and other court professionals manage most any language assistance issue they encounter and thus ensure access to justice for all Georgians,” said Commission Chair, Justice Keith R. Blackwell.

Both bench cards can be accessed at