News

  • March 2, 2017 - Pittsburgh: Criminal Justice Committee Chair Khadija Diggs, Esq., was honored at the 12th Annual Women of Achievement Awards, sponsored by the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office.
  • February 21, 2017 - Pittsburgh: Executive Director Lisette “Mimi” McCormick presented on proposed amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct that would bar harassment and discrimination by attorneys at the Women’s Bar Association of Western PA’s CLE session, “Discrimination as an Ethics Violation.”
  • February 18, 2017 - Philadelphia: Executive Director Lisette “Mimi” McCormick served as the moderator of the training session on “The Special Challenges of Running for Judicial Office” during the annual day-long “Ready to Run” training conference sponsored by the Institute for Women and Politics at Chatham University. Learn more about this program.
  • February 4, 2017 - Pittsburgh: Executive Director Lisette “Mimi” McCormick served as the moderator of the training session on “The Special Challenges of Running for Judicial Office” during the annual day-long “Ready to Run” training conference sponsored by the Institute for Women and Politics at Chatham University.
  • January 1, 2017 - Philadelphia: The First Judicial District has formed a committee to develop initiatives to increase juror turnout and engagement. Jury Committee Chair Lynn Marks is heading this new committee, and Executive Director Lisette “Mimi” McCormick is serving on the committee.

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Upcoming Events

  • March 9, 2017 - The full Commission will hold its Quarterly Meeting in Harrisburg.
  • March 24, 2017 - The Commission’s Committee on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will be hosting an Anti-Human Trafficking Stakeholders’ Meeting in Pittsburgh.
  • May 2-3, 2017, - Executive Director Lisette “Mimi” McCormick is part of the host committee for the American Bar Associations’ Inaugural LGBT Forum in San Francisco, CA. Topics include: religion and LGBT rights, issues facing transgender employees, and adoption issues facing the LGBT community. Read More

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The Interbranch Commission implements recommendations from the Report of The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Committee on Racial, and Gender Bias in The Justice System. View the Report

Members

  • Leonard J. Rivera, Esq. (Chair)
  • Judge Ida K. Chen
  • Pedro Cortes, Esq.
  • William Gonzalez, Esq.
  • Lisa M. Herbert, Esq.
  • Pearl Kim, Esq.
  • Andres Urdaneta

 

Reports

 

Interpreter Services Committee

Chaired by Leonard Rivera, Esq., the Interpreter Services Committee's overarching initiative is to improve access among litigants of limited English proficiency to interpreter and translation services in the Commonwealth's courts and administrative agencies. In support of its priority, the Committee has studied the availability of language interpretation services throughout the Commonwealth's administrative agencies, resulting in the production of its report, Interpretation and Translation Services in Commonwealth Administrative Agencies.

The Committee also played a key role in the passage of Act 172, which established a certification system for court interpreters and mandated that interpreters be provided in certain court and most administrative proceedings. The Committee works closely with Osvaldo Aviles, the director of the Interpreter Services Program within the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, to educate Pennsylvania judicial districts about their responsibilities under the law and the state regulations regarding the provision of interpreter services. See the links under Reports, at right, for the website maintained by the Office of Interpreter Services for more information on interpreter services within the Pennsylvania court system, including the statewide roster of certified or otherwise qualified interpreters maintained by Mr. Aviles' office, guidelines for the procurement of interpreters, training sessions and bilingual court documents. See, also at right, a recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer concerning the establishment of more stringent requirements for court interpreters in Pennsylvania. 

The Committee also collaborates with Widener University's Legal Education Institute to provide training for interpreters, judges, and attorneys on the proper use of interpreters in court and administrative proceedings. The most recent of these seminars are:  (1) What It Takes to Be A Court Interpreter in the Haitian Creole Language, which took place on April 2, 2011 in Philadelphia; and (2) How to Prepare for the Written and Oral Exam For Court Interpreters in the Vietnamese Language (pdf), which took place on September 17-18, 2011 in Philadelphia.

The Committee's priorities are based on the Final Report of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Committee on Racial, and Gender Bias in the Justice System. For detailed information on the study's findings and the initiatives as they relate to interpreter services, please see Chapter One of the Report.