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GOVERNOR CUTS FUNDS FOR CIVIL INTERPRETERS Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday axed $10 million state lawmakers had budgeted to hire interpreters for civil cases. “I believe it is essential to provide non-English speaking litigants with interpreters in order to provide meaningful access to our justice system,” Schwarzenegger said in his veto message, “and as such, I expect the Judicial Council will � to the extent possi-ble, expand the use of interpreters in civil cases using existing resources.” Currently, California courts only provide interpreters in criminal cases and certain hearings involving restraining orders. Judi-cial Council officials said Friday that they’ll continue working with the governor’s office and lawmakers to try to find additional money to expand translating services. The budget signed by Schwarzenegger on Friday includes money to pay for 50 new judgeships next year as well as funding for an 8.5 percent pay raise for judges. — Cheryl Miller

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