Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) Project for American Sign Language Interpreting - Stanislaus Superior Court

Language icon Project Name: Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) Project for American Sign Language Interpreting
Court: Stanislaus Superior Court
   Documents: Presentation
   Links: Program Webpage

Overview/Program Description:

VRI was a pilot project offered through the Judicial Council, established to provide interpreting services for court users in American Sign Language (ASL). Using specialized video equipment, ASL interpreters are able to call in to the courtroom, appear on a screen set up before the court user, and interpret the proceedings. Equipment was supplied through the Judicial Council on loan, but it can be purchased for under $1,000. All that is required is a laptop, desktop, and/or webcam.

Program Benefits/Savings:

It is very difficult to obtain certified sign language interpreters. VRI allowed these interpreters to handle matters in several different courts in one day. The program showed the efficiency of using video conferences for some languages and certain kinds of court appearances. Having the freedom to handle a five-minute continuance or other short appearance using VRI saves time and money for everyone.

Other Courts Using Similar Programs:

  • Merced Superior Court
  • Orange Superior Court
  • Placer Superior Court
  • San Diego Superior Court (Court Automated Scheduling)
  • Solano Superior Court
  • Ventura Superior Court (VRI Pilot Program)