Posted by Paul Andrew Mitchell, B.A., M.S. on September 15, 1998 at 13:21:06:
In Reply to: Re: The English Language posted by New Kid on September 15, 1998 at 13:02:09:
: Here are a few things in California Codes regarding the English Language.
: California Government Code 11342 (e). "Plain English" means language that can be interpreted by a person who has not more thatn an eight grade level of proficiency in English.
: California Code of Civil Procedure 185. Every written proceeding in a court of justice in this State shall be in the English language, and judicial proceeding shall be conducted, preserved, and published, in no other.
: California Code of Civil Procedure 186. Such abbreviations as are in common use may be used, and numbers may be expressed by figures or numerals in the customary manner.
: California Code of Civil Procedure 203. (a) All persons are eligible and qualified to be prospective trial jurors, except the following:
: (6)Persons who are not possessed of sufficient knowledge of the English language,...
: California Evidence Code 451. Judicial notice shall be taken of the following:
: (e) The true signification of all English words and phrases and of all legal expressions.
: There is also case law for the use of English in judicial proceedings, but it is not at my fingertips at the moment.
: New Kid
Am I correct to infer from these statutes
that California courts are NOT required
to use "plain English"?
Is my construction correct, or not?
And, if not, then why not?
Your constructive comments are most
I would have to argue that "plain English"
is impossible in California courts, because
the California Legislature has not complied
with this requirement in MOST of their laws.
/s/ Paul Andrew Mitchell, B.A., M.S.
Counselor at Law, Private Attorney General
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