National Center for Access to Justice

Amount DWI case processing sped up after Guam’s courts hired a full-time Chuukese interpreter: From 2 years to 90 days

According to the Pacific Daily News, driving while intoxicated cases used to take between 2 and 2 ½ years for Guam’s courts to process.  After the court hired Merly Karsom as a full time Chuukese interpreter, the average time from beginning to end of a driving while intoxicated (DWI) case fell to 90 days.  A growing proportion of people living on Guam speak Chuukese, which is the official language of the islands of Chuuk in Micronesia.  Court Lacks Interpreters:  Out-of-Date System Causes Cases to Drag, Pacific Daily News (Nov. 26, 2012)

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