assembly Bill A1936A

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Requires the office of court administration to collect and maintain data on limited English proficient litigants in the state

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 14, 2018 amended on third reading 1936a
May 17, 2018 advanced to third reading cal.902
May 15, 2018 reported
Jan 23, 2018 reported referred to ways and means
Jan 03, 2018 referred to judiciary
Jan 17, 2017 referred to judiciary

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A1936 - Details

Law Section:
Judiciary Law
Laws Affected:
Add §391, Judy L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: A10245
2019-2020: A754

A1936 - Summary

Requires the office of court administration to collect and maintain data on limited English proficient litigants in the state; requires such information be publicly available.

A1936 - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1936

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 17, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. JOYNER -- read once and referred to the Committee
  on Judiciary

AN  ACT  to amend the judiciary law, in relation to requiring the office
  of court administration  to  collect  and  maintain  data  on  limited
  English proficient litigants in the state

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The judiciary law is amended by adding a new section 391 to
read as follows:
  § 391. LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT LITIGANTS DATA. 1. FOR THE  PURPOSES
OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  (A)  "LANGUAGE  ASSISTANCE  SERVICES"  MEANS  INTERPRETATION  SERVICES
AND/OR TRANSLATION SERVICES  PROVIDED  BY  INTERPRETER  PERSONNEL  TO  A
LIMITED  ENGLISH PROFICIENT INDIVIDUAL IN HIS OR HER PRIMARY LANGUAGE TO
ENSURE SUCH INDIVIDUAL'S  ABILITY  TO  COMMUNICATE  EFFECTIVELY  WITH  A
COURT, COURT PERSONNEL AND OTHER PARTIES;
  (B)  "LIMITED  ENGLISH  PROFICIENT INDIVIDUAL" MEANS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO
IDENTIFIES AS BEING, OR IS EVIDENTLY, UNABLE TO COMMUNICATE MEANINGFULLY
WITH A COURT, COURT PERSONNEL AND OTHER PARTIES BECAUSE ENGLISH  IS  NOT
HIS OR HER PRIMARY LANGUAGE;
  (C)  "PRIMARY  LANGUAGE" MEANS THE LANGUAGE IN WHICH A LIMITED ENGLISH
PROFICIENT INDIVIDUAL CHOOSES TO COMMUNICATE WITH OTHERS; AND
  (D) "TRANSLATION SERVICES" MEANS ORAL EXPLANATION  OR  WRITTEN  TRANS-
LATION OF DOCUMENTS.
  2.  THE OFFICE OF COURT ADMINISTRATION SHALL COLLECT AND MAINTAIN DATA
ON ALL LIMITED ENGLISH  PROFICIENT  INDIVIDUALS  WHO  ARE  LITIGANTS  IN
COURTS  WITHIN  THIS STATE.   AT A MINIMUM, THE OFFICE OF COURT ADMINIS-
TRATION SHALL COLLECT AND MAINTAIN DATA ON THE FOLLOWING:
  (A) THE NUMBER OF LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE LITI-
GANTS IN COURTS WITHIN THIS STATE, DISAGGREGATED BY  COURT  AND  COUNTY,
AND THE PRIMARY LANGUAGE OF SUCH INDIVIDUALS;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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Multi-Sponsors

A1936A (ACTIVE) - Details

Law Section:
Judiciary Law
Laws Affected:
Add §391, Judy L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: A10245
2019-2020: A754

A1936A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires the office of court administration to collect and maintain data on limited English proficient litigants in the state; requires such information be publicly available.

A1936A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 1936--A
                                                        Cal. No. 902

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 17, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M. of A. JOYNER, MOSLEY, JEAN-PIERRE, ORTIZ, NIOU, GOTT-
  FRIED, BLAKE, BRAUNSTEIN, RICHARDSON, CRESPO, SIMON,  WEPRIN,  TAYLOR,
  LAVINE,  McDONALD,  BARRON,  WILLIAMS, D'URSO, JAFFEE, COLTON, RIVERA,
  EPSTEIN, PERRY, DAVILA -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. DE LA ROSA --
  read once and referred to the Committee on Judiciary -- recommitted to
  the Committee on Judiciary in accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec.  2
  --  reported  and  referred  to  the  Committee  on  Ways and Means --
  reported from committee, advanced to  a  third  reading,  amended  and
  ordered reprinted, retaining its place on the order of third reading

AN  ACT  to amend the judiciary law, in relation to requiring the office
  of court administration  to  collect  and  maintain  data  on  limited
  English proficient litigants in the state

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The judiciary law is amended by adding a new section 391 to
read as follows:
  § 391. LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT LITIGANTS' DATA. 1. FOR THE PURPOSES
OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  (A) "PRIMARY LANGUAGE"  MEANS  THE  DOMINANT  LANGUAGE  AN  INDIVIDUAL
SPEAKS  IN EVERYDAY SITUATIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THEIR HOME,
WORK, SCHOOL, AND COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTS;
  (B) "LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT (LEP) INDIVIDUAL" MEANS A  PARTICIPANT
IN  A LEGAL PROCEEDING, WHOSE LIMITED ABILITY TO SPEAK OR UNDERSTAND THE
ENGLISH LANGUAGE, HAS CREATED A COMMUNICATIONS BARRIER TO  UNDERSTANDING
HIS  OR  HER  LEGAL  RIGHTS OR IMPAIRS HIS OR HER ABILITY TO PARTICIPATE
FULLY IN COURT PROGRAMS OR SERVICES;
  (C) "LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES" MEANS  ORAL  AND  WRITTEN  SERVICES
NEEDED  TO  ASSIST LEP INDIVIDUALS TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY WITH COURT
PERSONNEL AND TO PROVIDE LEP INDIVIDUALS WITH MEANINGFUL ACCESS TO,  AND
AN  EQUAL  OPPORTUNITY  TO  PARTICIPATE  FULLY  IN,  COURT  PROGRAMS  OR

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.