California Federation of Interpreters

CIAP Nominations

Due May 6

Submit nominations (including self-nominations) by May 6, 2016 for three open positions on the Court Interpreter Advisory Panel (CIAP): reg-2 employee, reg-4 employee, OTS independent contractor.


Language Access Plan

CFI Exposes Judicial Council Misrepresentations on VRI and Promotes Better Pay for Contractors

SAN FRANCISCO (March 22, 2016) _ CFI submitted comments showing that high-ranking Judicial Council members have been promoting video remote interpreting (VRI) based on misrepresentations of its suitability for courtroom hearings, and stressed the need to raise the per diem rates for independent contractors, during the most recent Language Access Plan Implementation Task Force meeting.

CFI's findings on VRI are based on its yearlong investigation into VRI use for American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation in California and for spoken languages in Fresno and Florida.

The success of Fresno's “cart solution,” which refers to the pushcart that carries its VRI equipment, has also been misrepresented by court leadership. CFI found this system has only been used three times in the past two years, for rare languages. Other than that, Fresno has only used VRI for traffic appearances, and on a very limited basis.

CFI found that VRI’s usefulness and success have been misrepresented and overstated by proponents, including Judicial Council staff who exaggerated positive outcomes of the ASL VRI Pilot Program based on limited evaluations and selective analysis, and failed to acknowledge a substantial decline in its usage since then.



Steward trainings set for June

Thinking of becoming a steward?  Curious as to what a steward does?  Not really sure but want to get more info.? Already a steward but could use some training?
We hear you, loud and clear one of the two following dates!
June 11th in Southern California and June 18th in Northern California