Courts can’t currently make interpreters handle coordinating responsibilities despite a recently inserted provision in the budget.
Interpreter coordination is one of the issues under negotiation in Regions 2 and 3, so it cannot be imposed. Please contact your field representative immediately if court officials tell you to take on the coordinator duties.
AB1497 Budget Act of 2012, approved in late June, requires court interpreter coordinators to be certified or registered interpreters in good standing so the courts can continue receiving reimbursement out of the interpreting budget for the coordinator compensation.
CFI sought the change to begin integrating interpreters into the management of interpreter services.
Current coordinators would have several steps to take before they could attempt to become a certified or registered interpreters. First they must take and pass the written exam before being eligible for the oral exam. Prometric, which handles interpreter testing for California, won’t offer the oral exams until December or January 2013 and results wouldn’t be available until nearly three months later.
In the meantime, please report to the field staff if your court tells you to take on the coordinator duties.