People who struggle with English and need translators while appearing in Michigan courts will get them regardless of their ability to pay.
The Michigan Supreme Court has announced the statewide rule. Justice Bridget McCormack says no one will be forced to pay up front but anyone who can afford an interpreter will have to reimburse the court.
McCormack and Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. explained the rule Wednesday to reporters in Lansing.
Some counties already are doing a good job providing translators but performance statewide has been uneven. McCormack says there have been complaints about Washtenaw.
Interpreters will be provided for criminal and civil cases. McCormack says there have been cases where domestic violence victims had to rely on abusive spouses to translate English into their native language.
Pictured is the Michigan Supreme Court building.