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Interpreters Sought For Michigan Courts

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court seeks foreign language speakers from Arabic to Vietnamese to interpret for those who come before state courts.

The state's highest court says it recently adopted a rule requiring all courts to provide interpreters. Candidates must be versed in common slang and technical language.

Justice Bridget McCormack says qualified interpreters are needed across the state so everyone can "understand and be understood during court proceedings."

Candidates must pass a written English exam and score at least 80 percent to be eligible for an oral proficiency exam. Other languages include Cantonese, French, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Korean, Polish, Russian and Somali.

The high court says about 320,000 of Michigan's 10 million residents are not fully fluent in English.

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