Access to the Courts for Persons with Limited English Proficiency

The National Center for State Courts has created a new site for its Language Access Services Section. With everything from resources to program administrators to schedules and information about interpreter exams, this site should be a first stop when researching language access to the courts.

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by Jason Giesler, Law Library Intern

If you are looking for Washington legal information, you can attempt to avoid the need for expensive subscription databases by examining the Washington Courts web page. The site contains a plethora of useful information for those practicing in our the state.

There are a number of useful primary legal resources available through the courts homepage. First, the site contains court rules for every court in Washington State. Court rules can be accessed via a search engine on the initial page, or through a topical index. Another great primary source is the pattern jury instructions.  The jury instructions are divided between Civil and Criminal subjects and are presently being made available through a partnership with Westlaw. Finally, if you have lost your advance sheets, there is also a page that contains links to recent Appellate and Supreme Court Opinions. (more…)

9th Circuit Internet Citations

Courts, like all of society, have become more reliant on the Internet for information. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has created a website to monitor its use of websites in its judicial opinion. Both the case name and the websites cited are listed. Websites run the gamut from government sites to SSRN to Go Daddy.

Suggested Practices for Citing the Internet in Federal Court Opinions

The Third Branch, the newsletter of the Federal Courts, has published an article on citing and hyperlinking to the Internet to help the courts in determining what to cite and how to cite it.  Acknowledging the increasing use of such citations, guidelines suggest downloading a copy of a website’s page and filing it as an attachment to the judicial opinion.  The article can be found on the U.S. Courts website.