Orders of Protection: Pilot Program
The NYS Office of Court Administration (OCA) has announced the launch of an English/Spanish Order of Protection Pilot in Monroe, Westchester, and New York County Family Courts.
Temporary and final orders of protection will be issued in an English/Spanish format, with Spanish translation next to the English text. The bilingual orders will make it easier for both the individual who is subject to the order of protection and the petitioner to understand the conditions of the order.
The pilot begins in April and will continue for several months, allowing The NYS Office of Court Administration (OCA) to assess the effectiveness of the translated format and to determine the feasibility of expanding use of the forms to additional courts.
The court system can also provide language interpreters for individuals with limited English proficiency who are not in the pilot counties and for individuals in the pilot counties who need assistance in a language other than Spanish.
Additional Language Resources
In addition to OCA’s efforts, The Empire Justice Center has developed a resource for domestic violence victims with limited English proficiency who need assistance with understanding Family Court: “Seeking Protection from Domestic Violence in New York’s Family Court: Information for Immigrant Victims with Limited English Proficiency.” The guide is available in Arabic, Haitian Creole, Russian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese and English.