Severe Spanish interpreter shortage drawing attention in Santa Clara

SAN JOSE (Jan. 20, 2016) _ Steward Carmen Ramos has been highlighting the severe shortage of Spanish interpreters at the Santa Clara Superior Court, leading to two reports that aired last week on the local NBC news.

The coverage follows a strong letter from CFI to the Presiding Judge and the Court Executive Officer alleging mismanagement and neglect have created the self-imposed shortage. It calls on the court to take immediate steps to recruit more interpreters, and details the health impacts on interpreters and disruption to court functions, including delays, continuances, and disparate treatment of Spanish speakers in the Santa Clara court. 

CFI representatives and stewards have been working on these issues for some time, filing grievances, holding multiple meetings with management, and making numerous recommendations to improve working conditions and recruit more interpreters. 

Lawyers Back Interpreters’ Claims of ‘Severe’ Shortage (Friday, Jan. 15, 2016)

Court Interpreters Claim Severe Staffing Shortage (Jan. 11, 2016)

Letter to Presiding Judge (Dec. 23, 2015)


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