Wednesday, July 7, 2021

California plans to fine the Los Angeles court system for safety violations during the COVID-19 pandemic


The infractions stemmed from the working conditions and safety measures put in place for court interpreters, who provide translation services during hearings, trials and meetings among attorneys and criminal defendants. The ranks of interpreters were especially hard hit during the pandemic: two full-time and one contracted interpreter died earlier this year from COVID-19.


By the final months of 2020, however, many in-person court operations had resumed, including some eviction proceedings, traffic hearings and jury trials, despite complaints that court leaders were risking outbreaks of the virus.