U.S. Justice Department Investigation Questions North Carolina Court System

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

In a recent investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice found that the North Carolina court system has not been providing adequate interpreting services. The investigation was initiated after the Justice Department received complaints, including complaints from the N.C. Justice Center, stating that the court system was discriminating against people who speak little to no English.

The investigation found violations in both civil and criminal cases. The investigation found that when sufficient interpreting services were denied, the limited-English speaking individuals often spent additional time in jail in the criminal cases. In some instances, the Defendant was jailed for several weeks before an interpreter was located. One attorney alleged that at least one District Attorney in eastern North Carolina has elicited guilty pleas from Defendants who cannot speak sufficient English in exchange for their release from jail. The investigation also found some litigants who cannot speak English lost custody of their children as the result of not having a proper interpreter translate the proceedings.

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Christopher Shumate

Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice


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