The .Economic Impact of Court Interpreters in Minnesota's Third Judicial District
Marchesani, Margaret E.
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Minnesota's Third Judicial District includes the 11 counties of southeastern Minnesota During the past 20 years, this region has experienced a significant growth in the percentage of non-native English speakers from Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Asia. Like all other groups within our society, these new residents sometimes find themselves involved in the court system. Because non-English speakers are unable to receive effective due process if they can't understand the language spoken in our courts, interpreters must be hired to assist them. Clearly, interpreters are critical to the judicial system. Just as clearly, hiring them has an economic impact upon the district 3. In the following pages of my paper, you will find research detailing previous trends for the Asian, Somali, and Spanish populations of the region. Projections have also been made about what the population may be in 2010 and 2015 if these same trends continue. Following this data, there are statistics on how much the Third District has spent on hiring court interpreters for these three groups in previous years. Finally, projections have been made about how much the District may spend in 2010 and 2015, based on the money (budget) figures alone and based on the population trends.