Can a court or clerk assess a fee for sending a document via facsimile?
Several times each year the Division is asked whether a clerk or court can assess a fee for sending a document via facsimile. There is a statute that authorizes a public agency, which includes the judicial branch according to I.C. 4-13-1-1, to collect a facsimile fee provided it is authorized by a statute or court order.
Nearly ten percent of Indiana's 6.5 million residents speak a language other than English.
Many judges indicate that they have seen an increase in the number of individuals in their courts that are of limited English proficiency (LEP). Languages such as Spanish, Mandarin, Burmese, Laotian, Cambodian, Polish, Turkish, and Gujarati, are heard in our courts on a regular basis. Without qualified court interpreters, our courts cannot provide fair and adequate access to those who come before them. Federal and state case law suggests that a qualified foreign language court interpreter is one of the "physical accoutrements" or a "basic apparatus" of the court process.