EC meets Aug 18 to consider appointments

The following interpreters have been nominated for appointment by the Executive Committee to be stewards:

Marianne Franco, San Joaquin
Ricardo Serur, Orange
Joaquin Aguilar, Tulare
Sergio Cafaro, Los Angeles


Interpreter Budget

CFI applauds increase to $101.5 million in state’s interpreter budget

SACRAMENTO (June 28, 2016) _ Gov. Jerry Brown signed a state budget Monday that boosts the allocation for interpreter services to $101.5 million. 

The $7 million increase from last year’s budget aims to expand access to interpreters for litigants in civil cases in all California courts.


Video Remote Interpreting

Judicial Council approves VRI pilot despite CFI’s concerns 

SAN FRANCISCO (June 28, 2016) _ The Judicial Council approved a Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) pilot project in California courts despite cautionary comments from CFI.

“We do not support the VRI pilot as currently proposed,” stated CFI President Ariel Torrone in comments submitted ahead of Friday’s Judicial Council meeting. “The parameters and design are not sufficiently defined and the proposal fails to address critical factors that should be taken into account for the pilot process to be useful and effective.”

Lost in Translation

Interpreter Shortage Deprives Justice in Santa Clara County Courts

By John Flynn/Metro Silicon Valley

SAN JOSE _ An interpreter shortage has people giving up their rights, judges acting unethically and court officials saying everything is fine. Read the full investigative report.


Region 1

CFI set to meet with Los Angeles Court in July 

LOS ANGELES (June 23, 2016) _ Member meetings held in three court locations in May were well attended. Meetings with Los Angeles Superior Court administration on the impacts of civil expansion have been stalled. CFI made a series of proposals on April 8 to address impacts of staffing shortages on professional standards and interpreter working conditions. The court has yet to respond to our proposals and took nearly two months to give us a next date to meet. Our next meeting is set for July 12. 

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