IGA’s lobbying, along with our members’ petitions and letters, are having a positive impact in drawing the attention of the Judicial Council to the Contractor Rate issue.
On October 26, 2015, Angie Birchfield, IGA Unit Chair, and René García had an opportunity to meet with an administrator from the Judicial Council to discuss the Court Contractor Rate in California.
IGA made a presentation outlining the benefits to the courts and issues of fair compensation addressed by substantially raising the Court Contractor Rate.
Eight years ago, the last time this rate was changed, it went up over 40%. Currently the California Court Contractor rate is 48% less than the Federal Contractor rate.
A raise on the order of the one eight years ago is in order.
It is harder for the JC to substantiate the allocation of funds for a higher rate if court executives are finding it relatively easy to hire interpreters willing to work for the current rate.
IGA learned the following in the course of our meeting:
- Court Executives Advisory Committee (CEAC) has taken on the task reviewing the Contractor Rate and plans to address the rate issue at their upcoming meeting in the November 5, 2015.
- Their first step might be to poll the various court executives and see if there are practical issues in scheduling and services provided resulting from the current rate.
- It is harder for the JC and CEAC to substantiate the allocation of funds for a higher rate if court executives are finding it relatively easy to hire interpreters willing to work for the current rate.
We will continue to update the membership as developments arise.