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Supreme Court dissolves language, remote access task forces, replaces with committees

May 3, 2019

The Indiana Supreme Court has dissolved two advisory task forces this week and has replaced them with committees that will continue their respective work.

Justices concurred on the decision to dissolve the Language Access Task Force and the Advisory Task Force on Remote Access to and Privacy of Electronic Records, according to a Monday order.

Both task forces have fulfilled their purposes, the order indicates. Administrative Rule 4 was thus amended with the changes, including a change to its title – Committees and Commissions.  

First, the high court acknowledged that issues of providing effective, fair, and efficient language access in Indiana courts no longer needs to be addressed by the Language Access Advisory Task Force. Instead, the court amended Rule 4 to create the Language Access Advisory Committee.

The original Language Access Task Force was ordered to present findings and recommendations to the Supreme Court on the best method to meet language challenges facing the Indiana judicial system.

Created in January 2017, the task force specifically focused on issues of the development of a statewide Indiana Language Access Plan; a statewide program for remote video interpreting services; the statewide interpreter certification program and supporting processes; the translation of court documents and materials into languages other than English, and; policies and procedures for implementing and evaluating new policies and changes.  

A final Indiana Language Access Plan was delivered in February 2019, prompting the high court to dissolve the task force. The Language Access Advisory Committee will now assume the former goals and responsibilities of the task force.

Justices also dissolved the Remote Access Task Force, which will now be replaced by the Records Access and Management Committee.

The task force was initially created in February 2016 to study best practices and policies on internet access to electronic court records. The high court dissolved the task force after it substantially completed its mission and issued two reports. Its goals can now be sufficiently met by the Records Access and Management Committee, the order states.

The newly amended Administrative Rule 4 may be viewed here.

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