Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)

Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) uses videoconferencing technology to provide court users with a qualified interpreter, when an onsite interpreter is not readily available. On an individual basis, the court will determine if each case event is appropriate for VRI.

Latest News

March 28, 2020: Due to the Covid-19 health crisis, the council directed the superior courts to make use of available technology, when possible, to conduct judicial proceedings and court operations remotely, in order to protect the health and safety of the public, court personnel, judicial officers, litigants, and witnesses. This includes the use of video, audio, and telephonic means for remote appearances, reporting, and interpreting in judicial proceedings, the electronic exchange and authentication of documentary evidence, and the use of e-filing and e-service. Report. News Release.

March 15, 2019: Following a VRI pilot conducted in 2018 in Merced, Sacramento and Ventura Superior Courts, the Judicial Council approved updated Language Access Plan guidelines for video remote interpreting (VRI) that include recommended minimum technology guidelines to facilitate its use. The council also voted to create a new VRI program for the judicial branch to expand LEP court user access to qualified interpreters. GuidelinesReport. Slideshow. News Release.

Potential Benefits of VRI include:

  • Increased access to qualified (certified and registered) interpreters, especially in languages of lesser diffusion.
  • Allowing court users to see and talk to an interpreter in their language without extended delay, despite not being in the same room, or even the same city.
  • Allowing court users to resolve short, non-complex, and uncontested hearings, even when on-site interpreters are unavailable, lowering the need to reschedule court visits.
  • Private and confidential VRI conversations, similar to in-person interpreting.

Resources

There is a dedicated VRI Resource Center available to courts on the Judicial Resources Network.

Following the VRI Pilot, the Judicial Council entered into Master Service Agreements with the two approved VRI vendors that participated in the pilot:

The Master Agreement for telephonic interpreting is located at the links below:

Contact

For more information, please contact LAP@jud.ca.gov