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Interpreter Advisory Committee

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Mission Statement
 

In order to secure and protect the rights of persons who are unable to readily understand or communicate in the English language and cannot be protected in legal proceedings unless qualified interpreters are provided, the Nebraska Supreme Court creates the Interpreter Advisory Committee. The purpose of the committee shall be to create, evaluate and recommend statewide policies, rules and regulations of court and probation interpreting throughout the state.

The Interpreter Advisory Committee will address the following:
 

  • Evaluate and monitor the orientation, skills training, and continuing education programs for all language court interpreters.
  • Evaluate and monitor the education programs for judges and court staff regarding their use of interpreters.
  • Evaluate and monitor the criteria and standards for testing and certification of court interpreters.
  • Evaluate and monitor the criteria and standards for appointment of interpreters by the courts and probation offices.
  • Evaluate and monitor the transcription of court documents, probation documents and video tapes of interpreted materials.
  • Evaluate and make recommendations to the Nebraska Supreme Court for any amendments to the Interpreter Fee Schedule and Payment Policy.
  • Evaluate the need and locations for on call interpreters, contract interpreters and employee interpreters.
  • Create and evaluate a policy for bi-lingual employees who perform interpreter duties as a function of their employment.
  • Evaluate and monitor the cost of the interpreting program and recommend potential measures of cost savings.
  • Evaluate and make recommendations to the Nebraska Supreme Court for any amendments to the Supreme Court Rules Relating to Court Interpreters and Code of Professional Responsibility for Court Interpreters.
  • Review actions taken under the provisions of rule 5, Rules Relating to Court Interpreters, relating to the discipline of interpreters.
  • Take any further action that the committee determines appropriate for the improvement and betterment of the State Court Interpreting Program.

The Interpreter Advisory Committee shall encourage interpreters, judges, probation officers, members of the legal profession and other interested persons to provide information which will assist the Committee in the performance of their duty.

Origin/Authorization: Nebraska Supreme Court consultation minutes of September 14, 2005.

Terms: All terms to be served at the pleasure of the Court.


MemberRepresentationApp. Date
Justice William B. Cassel (ex-officio)Supreme Court
08-30-12
Judge Paul MerrittDistrict Court
09-14-05
Judge William WrightDistrict Court
06-10-09
Judge Christopher KellyJuvenile Court
11-17-10
Judge Patrick McDermottCounty Court
09-14-05
Judge Craig McDermottCounty Court
03-16-11
Judge Randin RolandCounty Court
05-05-10
Judge John HoffertWorkers' Compensation Court
11-16-05
Dori KroegerDistrict Court Clerk
10-27-10
Ellen FaltysClerk Magistrate
09-14-05
Bob DentonChief Probation Officer
10-27-10
Robert RoosInterpreter
09-14-05
Constanza MeierInterpreter
12-10-08
Victoria WellesInterpreter01-31-13
Maureen LarsenDeaf/Hard of Hearing Interpreter
11-16-05
Dr. Mary WillisUNL Associate Professor of Anthropology
12-10-08
Jeck-Jenard NavarreteOffice of the Federal Public Defender Interpreter
09-14-05
Janice WalkerState Court Administrator
09-14-05
Judy Beutler (ex-officio)State Court Administration
09-14-05
Sheryl Connolly (ex-officio)State Court Administration
06-01-07
Ellen Brokofsky (ex-officio)Probation Administrator
10-01-05
Liz Neeley (ex-officio)Project Director of Minority and Justice Implementation Committee
02-15-06
Raul Escobar (ex-officio)Court Interpreter Coordinator01-31-13
Adriana Hinojosa (ex-officio)Court Interpreter Coordinator01-31-13

 

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