Monday, April 01, 2013

Small Claims Forms translated

The Trial Court's Access to Justice Initiative announced that small claims forms and instructional materials have been translated into the seven most commonly spoken non-English languages in the Commonwealth: Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, traditional Chinese and Khmer. The translated materials will make it easier for Massachusetts residents with limited English proficiency to understand and file a small claims case in the District Court, the Boston Municipal Court, and the Housing Court, all of which have jurisdiction over small claims. The forms and supplementary information can be obtained at clerks' offices at the respective courts and online at:
Please note that only the English forms will be accepted by the court, and all English forms must be completed entirely in English.  You do have the right to an interpreter, free of charge, for all of your court events.  You can request an interpreter at the court.

The translation project was funded by a State Justice Institute Technical Assistance Grant. Based on the success of the small claims translations, the State Justice Institute awarded the Trial Court's Access to Justice Initiative another grant to create a small claims instructional video in English and the same seven languages. The video, which will be completed this year, will be posted on YouTube.