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Media Advisory- DC Courts to Host Info Exchange for Immigrant & Self-Represented Communities

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  • Smith, Yvonne (MPD)
    September 2, 2009 Contact: Leah Gurowitz- (202) 879-1700 *** MEDIA ADVISORY *** D.C. COURTS TO HOST INFORMATION EXCHANGE ON RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR IMMIGRANT
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      September 2, 2009                                                                                      

       

      Contact:  Leah Gurowitz- (202) 879-1700  

       

      *** MEDIA ADVISORY ***

       

      D.C. COURTS TO HOST INFORMATION EXCHANGE ON RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR IMMIGRANT AND SELF-REPRESENTED COMMUNITIES

       

      WHAT:           Outreach Information Exchange -- Knowledgeable persons will discuss the resources available to immigrants, non-English

                  and less-than-proficient English speakers, and self-represented litigants courthouse.

       

      WHEN:           Thursday, September 10, 2009 --  3:00 – 5:00 p.m.,

       

      WHERE:         D.C. Court of Appeals

      Historic Courthouse

      430 E Street, NW

      Washington, DC 20001

       

       

      The D.C. Courts’ Standing Committee on Fairness and Access has reached out to immigrant communities, legal services providers, members of the Bar, court interpreters and others to gather recommendations on how to improve court access. One of the themes that emerged is that persons who provide services to immigrant communities, those who do not speak English or are less-than-proficient, and self-represented litigants are eager to learn more about the legal and other resources offered at the D.C.  Courts. To address this, the committee will conduct an Outreach Information Exchange. Organizations and persons who provide services to these populations are invited to attend.

       

      Presenters will discuss resources in the areas of family & domestic relations, landlord/tenant, small claims, domestic violence, wills & probate, tax sales, appealing to the D.C. Court of Appeals, court interpretation, the Courts’ website, and access for persons with disabilities. Each presenter will describe briefly the scope of the services provided, the way the services are delivered, the location and hours of operation, and the resources available.

       

      For more information on the Standing Committee on Fairness and Access, go to: 

      http://www.dccourts.gov/dccourts/about/standing.jsp

       

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