Albany, N.Y. Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner (D-Bronx, 77th AD) has won passage of civil justice legislation that is a critical first step in ensuring all New Yorkers have access to equal justices. The legislation, Assembly Bill A. 754-A, is one of a series of bills needed to ensure that all New Yorkers with limited English proficiency have equitable access to our civil justice system. Many litigants face unnecessary delays and adjournments of their case because the court is not fully equipped to meet their translation service needs.
Statistics show that there are 5.5 million New Yorkers who are not native English speakers and 2.5 million New Yorkers with limited English proficiency, Assemblywoman Joyner said. As a result, millions of New Yorkers are finding that the scales of justice are substantially tilted against them each and every day. Assembly Bill A. 754-A ensures that state government gathers the information necessary to develop the translation services those New Yorkers need and deserve.
Assembly Bill A. 754-A passed the Assembly by a vote of 139 2 on June 11th and was approved by the Senate on June 13th.