Interpreters in the courts is an issue that was identified by the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission via the 2008 public hearings – both for South Carolinians who are deaf and those with limited English proficiency (LEP). Since that time, we have been working on ways to improve interpretation in the courts.
If you’re curious about law/summaries for interpretation in South Carolina courts or other states, the study is worth a read. Or if you want a quick peek, check out the NY Times article.
This probably isn’t a surprise to many. But it is interesting that there are more articles about the phenomena.
For example, the New York Times recently featured a story about the rising number of Self-Represented Litigants (SRLs) entitled “In a Downtown, More Act as Their Own Lawyers.” The article noted the phenomena in multiple jurisdictions including California, Illinois, New Hampshire, New York, and Texas. The NYTimes also notes that the phenomena is not limited to a specific court.
Missing from the list of articles is SRLs in Bankruptcy Court. While there are no numbers, percentages, or stories, not to worry, the U.S. Courts website has a site dedicated to “Filing without an Attorney.” In South Carolina, click here. Both sites offer a video explanation as well.
It may not be a surprise but while there may be many people who want to proceed on their own, they are still advised to speak with an attorney, if possible.