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DOJ Agreement with Maine Courts to Reduce Language Barriers

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department today announced it has reached an agreement with administrative officials of the Maine judiciary to help ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) individuals seeking services throughout the State's court system will have access to timely and competent language assistance.

The agreement resolves a Justice Department investigation of a complaint alleging that the Maine judicial branch, which receives federal funding, was not in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the nondiscrimination provisions of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968. These two acts together prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or religion by recipients of federal assistance.

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