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Racine County courts getting more requests for interpreters

RACINE, WI (WTAQ) - English may be the preferred language in Racine County -- but it's far from the only one.  

Court officials say they're getting more requests for interpreters who speak Spanish -- plus other languages based in Europe and Asia.  

The Racine Journal Times said 14 foreign languages were spoken in Racine County courtrooms during the first half of 2013.

Circuit Judge Charles Constantine says interpreters have become more common in criminal cases as well as in divorce and small claims' actions.  

Interpreters not only provide assistance in the courtroom -- they're also on hand when defense lawyers meet in jail with their non-English speaking clients.  

Spanish is the most common foreign language spoken by the interpreters. Others include Portugese, Korean, and Polish.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)