Statewide Limited Telephonic Interpreter Services, RFP No. FIN032811CK

For current key dates and events, please see below:

Key Events Key Dates
RFP issued

October 23, 2012

Addendum #1, revising RFP, issued

November 26, 2012

Deadline For Questions to 

1:00 p.m., February 1, 2013

Questions and Answers Posted

February 14, 2013

Proposal Due Date and Time

1:00 p.m., March 8, 2013

Evaluation of Proposals (estimated)

March 8 – May 9, 2013

Notice of Intent to Award (estimated)

June 21, 2013

Contract Negotiations and Execution (estimated)

June 24, 2013 – July 23, 2013 

Contract Start Date (estimated)

July 29, 2013

Contract End Date (estimated)

July 28, 2015

The purpose of this RFP is to secure the services of qualified interpreters to be deployed telephonically in the California Trial Courts. Use of telephonic interpreters shall be consistent with law, including, but not limited to, the Trial Court Interpreter Employment and Labor Relations Act (Gov. Code, §§ 71800-71829) and applicable memoranda of understanding between the Court Interpreter Collective Bargaining Regions and recognized employee organizations.

The need for language services in California is pressing, and it is growing with the increasing racial and ethnic diversity of the state’s population. Approximately 40% of California’s population speaks a language other than English in the home. This includes over 200 languages and dialects. According to the US census, roughly 20% of Californians speak English less than “very well,” which effectively excludes them from meaningful participation in a judicial proceeding without language assistance. (All data are from the U.S. Census Bureau.)

Language services are used at the public counters, self-help centers, and other program areas throughout the courts. In these non-courtroom locations, consecutive and slower interpretations may be acceptable, instead of the simultaneous and faster interpretations that are typically needed in courtroom proceedings.  However the quality of the translation remains critical. California’s Government Code sections 68560-68566 direct the Judicial Council to adopt programs and standards to insure that qualified interpreters are provided in the courts. The Council is also responsible for identifying “designated” languages for which a certification (testing) program shall be established. Findings to support Judicial Council designation are based, in part, upon a study every five years of language and interpreter use and need in court proceedings. For all languages that are “nondesignated,” the Council is responsible for establishing a program of registration.

Questions regarding this RFP should be directed to the no later than 1:00 pm PST, February 1, 2013 (note that the original RFP has been replaced in its entirety by Addendum #1).

Hard copy proposals must be received no later than March 22, 2013, by 1:00 pm PST (note procurement schedule date change pursuant to Addendum #2).

Proposals must be sent to:
Judicial Council of California
Administrative Office of the courts
Attn:  Nadine McFadden, RFP #FIN032811CK
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

RFP FIN032811CK - Addendum No. 1 [revised November 26, 2012]

RFP FIN032811CK - Addendum No. 2 [revised February 14, 2013]

Attachment 1 – Administrative Rules Governing Request for Proposals [revised November 26, 2012]

Attachment 2 – Work to be Performed [revised November 26, 2012]

Attachment 3 – Payment Provisions [revised November 26, 2012]

Attachment 4 – Leveraged Purchasing Agreement General Conditions [revised November 26, 2012]

Attachment 5 – Vendor’s Acceptance of the RFPs Contract Terms [revised November 26, 2012]

Attachment 6 – Certification Regarding Debarment and Suspension [revised November 26, 2012]

Attachment 7 – Payee Data Record [revised November 26, 2012]

Attachment 8 – JBE Address List [revised November 26, 2012]

Attachment 9 – Title Ten Rules of Court 10.103 [revised November 26, 2012]

Attachment 10 – Title Ten Rules of Court 10.104 [revised November 26, 2012]

Questions and Answers

Notice of Intent to Award

Notice of Award