Dayton to help translate legal documents for immigrants

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Dayton wants to assist immigrants who have trouble understanding legal documents in English by translating documents into the other commonly spoken languages.

The Dayton Daily News reports the city’s municipal court system and some legal departments plan to translate vital documents for immigrants. The Welcome Dayton initiative plans to help translate victim-information pamphlets and victim-notification letters from the Montgomery County prosecutor’s office and help the court translate protection orders and sentence entries.

The courts say they have recently seen an uptick in defendants, victims and plaintiffs who come from other parts of the world, including the Middle East, Russia, China and Africa.

The city adopted a new language-access policy last year stating that citizens cannot be denied access to services due to limited proficiency in English.

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