Dear independent interpreters:

As part of its essential mission, the Association of Independent Judicial Interpreters of California (AIJIC) has been working hard to defend the right of certified freelance interpreters to work in court. For this reason, and since some of our colleagues were recently not allowed to interpret in court because they had been hired by a private party, we have retained Sacramento lobbying firm DiMare, Brown, Hicks & Kessler.

Our lobbyists have directed us to California’s current Court Interpreter Act (CIA). This law makes specific reference to the authority that judges have to appoint an interpreter hired by a private party. The relevant section of this law is [71802 (b)(3)], which you may access by clicking here.

We encourage all independents to familiarize themselves with this statute. Should your right to work in court be challenged, knowledge of the law will be your best defense. Make sure to bring it to the judge’s attention on the record and please contact us at info@aijic.org to let us know.

DiMare, Brown, Hicks & Kessler is communicating with state lawmakers to assist us in our efforts to include more specific language in California law in order to protect the rights of independent court interpreters. A great deal, however, also depends on your awareness and involvement.

Please support us so that we can keep lobbying and fighting for our profession. Click here to join as an AIJIC member.

Best wishes,

The AIJIC Team