Equal access to the courts is fundamental to the legitimacy of our system of justice and the trust and confidence of Pennsylvanians in our courts. Language services for individuals who speak limited English or who are deaf or hard of hearing are essential to ensure that they are able to fully participate in judicial proceedings and court services, programs and activities in which their rights and interests are at stake.
The Chester County Court System is committed to provide meaningful language access services to those who are Limited English Proficient (LEP) and are requiring access to judicial proceedings, court services, programs and activities.
Chester County Courts provides interpreters to persons of limited English proficiency and those who are deaf or hard of hearing as required by Title VI of the federal Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),the Pennsylvania Interpreter Act, the Unified Judicial Systems of Pennsylvania’s Language Access Plan and its regulations.
Customarily, the attorney for the case will request an interpreter for the proceeding, so verify with your attorney that an interpreter had been requested. If you require an interpreter and you are not represented by an attorney, contact the court office where the proceeding will be held. If the location is a Magisterial District Judges office, please contact the appropriate office. If the location is before a Hearing Officer or Judge at the Court of Common Pleas in West Chester, please submit a request for an Interpreter.
If the hearing is canceled or continued it is your responsibility to contact the appropriate office immediately to notify them of the cancellation.
For more information about language access within the court system, email [email protected] or call 610-344-6170.