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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Groups who represent people who don’t speak or understand English well enough to work in the judicial system have filed a federal complaint over North Carolina’s failure to provide interpreters in civil courts.

The Latin American Coalition, the Muslim American Society of Charlotte and the Vietnamese Coalition of Charlotte filed the complaint Monday with the US Department of Justice. The complaint also says the state court system hasn’t translated important forms and website information.

The filing seeks a full investigation of the claims and an end to what it describes as the state practice of refusing to provide meaningful access to people with limited English proficiency in the state civil court system.

Spokeswomen for the Administrative Office of the Courts and the state Attorney General’s Office didn’t immediately return messages.

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