Interpreter associations collaborate

Board members of CFl, BACI and CCIA met on November 14, 1999 to discuss issues of mutual concern. The three associations have formed a joint committee made up of two members from each association. The committee will facilitate communication between the associations and coordinated efforts in response to developments in the profession. CFl, BACI and CCIA have also agreed on these shared principles:

  1. Interpreters need a voice and control in the establishment of professional standards and working conditions in the state trial courts.
  2. The terms and conditions of any contract between the state courts and court interpreters should be based on the mutual agreement of the parties after negotiations with interpreters.

California rates
Thc San Francisco Recorder reported that Governor Davis has included funding for interpreter services in his 2000/01 budget at $268.00 a day. If this raise goes through, California interpreters should see it sometime after July 1, 2000.

Federal rates
New rates of $305/$165 have been established in the Federal Courts as of January 1, 2000.