NASHVILLE (AP) - The legal needs of non-English speakers and other vulnerable populations in Tennessee are vastly underserved, in violation of federal law.

The Tennessee Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission, which is working to fix inequities in the civil courts, has created a committee with the task of improving the system for people with language barriers or disabilities.

According to The Tennessean newspaper, a shortage of interpreters in the state and money to pay them is 1 of the most pronounced problems and 1 of the hardest to fix.

While no hard data exist, judges, lawyers and advocates know anecdotally there are not nearly enough interpreters to go around for Tennessee's burgeoning immigrant population.

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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