District court requested for providing sign language interpreters for trial

June 7, 2012

The Deaf office worker woman, 40, from Takamatsu city, Kagawa Prefecture has sued the decision of the city office that did not accept her dispatch application of sign language interpreter as their action was against the constitution etc., asking the city for cancellation of their decision, etc.

The defense counsel for the Deaf woman submitted the written letter requesting the Takamatsu District Court on June 6 to arrange the interpreting services for the Deaf woman, Deaf observers and persons with visual impairment during the trial.

According to the defense counsel, after enforcing revised Disabled Persons' Fundamental Law in August, 2011, it was first in the whole country to carry out such a request.

There was prior consultation in the district court, and on that day they answered that the request for interpreting services was "under consideration." 

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Related links:
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Deaf mother files suit for city rejecting interpreting dispatch as "illegal"

Deaf woman appeals due to application for sign language service rejected

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