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Committee to Study Interpreter Issues

The Committee to Study Interpreter Issues in the Arizona Courts was formed by the Administrative Order 2002-34.  The resulting report of this committee's work, Report to the Arizona Judicial Council on Interpreter Issues in Arizona Courts was presented to the Arizona Judicial Council in October 2002.  The report responded to the request that the committee:

  • review the Interpreter Need and Practice: Study and Recommendations prepared by the Arizona Minority Judges Caucus, Interpreter Issues Committee;

  • consider how to increase the availability and the quality of language interpreting in Arizona courts; and

  • develop recommendations on funding needs, a strategy to secure needed funding and recommendations for any legislative, policy and court rule changes or additions.

In response to this committee's recommendations to the Arizona Judicial Council (AJC), the Chief Justice signed Administrative Order 2003-05 to establish the Arizona Court Interpreter Funding Committee as an advisory committee.

DOCUMENTS

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Strategic Initiative Presentation
Interpreter Need and Practice:  Study and Recommendations, 2001-2002
Report to the Arizona Judicial Council on Interpreter Issues in Arizona Courts, October 2002

CHAIR:  Honorable Silvia Arellano
Superior Court in Maricopa County


MEMBERS


Honorable Lex Anderson
Justice of the Peace
Peoria, AZ

Honorable Louraine C. Arkfeld
Presiding Judge
Tempe Municipal Court

Honorable Randolph A. Bartlett
Associate Presiding Judge
Superior Court in Mohave County

Honorable Delfina E. Bauch
Clerk of the Superior Court in
Santa Cruz County

Kathy Barrett
Court Administrator
Mesa Municipal Court

Ron Beal
Office of the Court Administrator
Phoenix Municipal Court

Honorable Margarita Bernal
Judge
Tucson Municipal Court

Honorable Francisca Cota
Judge
Phoenix Municipal Court

Joann Garcia
Attorney
Arizona Attorney General's Office

Joyce Garcia
Interpreter
Federal Court, Arizona District

Gordon Griller
Court Administrator
Superior Court in Maricopa County

David Guzman
Attorney
Guzman, PLC

James J. Haas
Maricopa County Public Defender

Tom G. Hippert
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice

Representative Sylvia Laughter
Arizona House of Representatives

Jayson Meline
Superior Court in Maricopa County

Sabine Michael
Interpreter
Superior Court in Pinal County

Raul Roman
Office of Court Interpreters
Superior Court in Maricopa County

Leonardo Ruiz
Maricopa County Attorney's Office

Donna Whitman
Office of Court Interpreters

Marian Yim
Staff Attorneys Office
Arizona Supreme Court