Court Interpreters Advisory Panel

Purpose:
Assists the council in performing its duties through promoting access to spoken-language interpreters and interpreters for deaf and hearing-impaired persons.

Date Established:
June, 1993

Key projects of this advisory body are outlined in the annual agenda.

The 15 member Court Interpreters Advisory Panel includes: one appellate court justice; two superior court judges; two court administrators, including at least one trial court executive officer; four certified or registered court interpreter employees, one from each of the four regions established by California Government Code §71807; two certified or registered independent contract court interpreters in a language other than Spanish; and, four non-voting advisors. Members are appointed by the Chief Justice for a three-year term.

Rule 10.51 of the California Rules of Court states the charge of the Court Interpreters Advisory Panel (CIAP) is to assist the California Judicial Council in performing its duties under Government Code sections 68560 through 68566, and to promote access to spoken-language interpreters and interpreters for deaf and hearing-impaired persons. To carry out this charge, CIAP reviews and makes recommendations to the council on:

  1. Interpreter use and need in court proceedings;
  2. Certification, registration, testing, recruiting, training, continuing education and professional conduct of court interpreters; and,
  3. The findings of the language need and interpreter use study for interpreters in California court proceedings that is conducted by the Administrative Office of the Courts every five years under Government Code section 68563.

Download the committee roster

  • Hon. Brian L. McCabe, Chair, Judge  County of Merced
  • Mr. Shawn Landry, Vice Chair, Court Executive Officer County of Yolo
  • Mr. Gurinder Singh Aujla, Registered Court Interpreter Independent Contractor
  • Ms. Carmen Benbrook, Certified Court Interpreter Region 4 County of San Diego
  • Ms. Claritza J. Callaci, Certified Court Interpreter Supervisor Region 1 County of Los Angeles
  • Mr. Hany Farag, Certified Court Interpreter Independent Contractor
  • Mr Richard Feldstein, Court Executive Officer County of Napa
  • Ms. Janet Hudec, Certified Court Interpreter Region 3 County of Madera
  • Hon. Yolanda Orozco, Superior Court Judge County of Los Angeles
  • Ms. Marta Selvi, Certified Court Interpreter Region 2 County of Marin

Advisors

  • Ms. Maureen Keffer, Indigenous Program Director California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.
  • Ms. Ivette Peña, Court Counsel Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles
  • Ms. Tara Potterveld, Certified Legal Interpreter Independent Contractor
  • Ms. Katherine Williams, Court Operations Manager Superior Court of California, County of San Diego

Language Access Subcommittee

  • Ramona Crossley, American Sign Language Interpreter Superior Court of California County of Sacramento
  • Hany Farag, Certified Court Interpreter Independent Contractor
  • Janet Hudec, Certified Court Interpreter Superior Court of California County of Madera
  • Maureen Keffer, Indigenous Program Director California Rural Legal Assistance Oakland, CA
  • Hon. Yolanda Orozco, Judge of the Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles
  • Katherine Williams, Court Operations Manager Superior Court of California County of San Diego

Professional Standards and Ethics Subcommittee

  • Gurinder Singh Aujla, Registered Court Interpreter Independent Contractor
  • Carmen Benbrook, Certified Court Interpreter Region 4 County of San Diego
  • Claritza Callaci, Certified Court Interpreter Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles
  • Mr. Richard Feldstein, Court Executive Officer Superior Court of California County of Napa
  • Hon. Andrea Hoch, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal Third Appellate District
  • Ivette Pena, Court Counsel Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles
  • Marta Selvi, Certified Court Interpreter Region 2 County of Marin

In May of 1978, after a comprehensive survey of the language needs of California citizens, the enactment of AB 2400 made California the first state to mandate court interpreter services and testing of interpreter skills and competency. In January 1993, the Legislature required the council to certify and register court interpreters and adopt standards and requirements for interpreter education. (Sen. Bill 1304; Stats. 1992, ch. 770.) At the same time, the Legislature also created the court interpreters' fund, and mandated data collection and periodic study of language use and interpreter need in California.

As a result of SB 1304, the Chief Justice appointed the Court Interpreters Advisory Panel as a new Judicial Council standing advisory committee. The Court Interpreters Advisory Panel is unique in that a majority of the voting members must be court interpreters.

California has the largest pool of certified and registered interpreters in the country.  There are over 1750 certified and or registered interpreters currently on the Judicial Council's List of Certified Court Interpreters and Registered Court Interpreters.



See also: Joint Working Group for California's Language Access Plan
The Joint Working Group is composed of two Judicial Council advisory groups: Access & Fairness Advisory Committee and the Court Interpreters Advisory Panel, and also includes bench officers, court staff, and certified and registered court interpreters (both contractors and court employees).


Contact Information

Court Operations Services
Operations & Programs
CIAP@jud.ca.gov

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