STATE COURT ADMINISTRATOR TESTIFIED AT CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING ON COURT INTERPRETATION
Patricia W. Griffin, Esquire, Delaware’s State Court Administrator, presented testimony as part of a panel on Court Interpretation and Access to Justice at a Congressional briefing on Friday, September 7, 2007 at the request of Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin. Senator Kohl is the prime sponsor of S. 702, “The State Court Interpreter Grant Program Act of 2007.” Ms. Griffin’s testimony focused on developing a court interpreter program and the challenges that each state is facing along with national trends and budget issues. She is the co-author, with Alaska’s State Court Administrator, Stephanie Cole, of a paper entitled “Court Interpretation: Fundamental to Access to Justice” which was recently presented to the Conference of State Court Administrators and the Conference of Chief Justices.
Serving on the panel with Ms. Griffin were The Honorable Sergio Gutierrez of the Idaho Court of Appeals and Javier Soler, Court Interpreter Program Administrator with the Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts. The panel discussion was sponsored by the National Center for State Courts. Delaware is a member of the National Consortium of State Court Interpreter Programs, which is a joint initiative of the National Center for State Courts and the 40 member states of the Consortium. Patricia Griffin served as chair of the National Consortium from 2000 – 2002.
|From left to right: Javier Soler, Maryland’s Court Interpreter Program Administrator, and Judge Sergio Gutierrez, Idaho Court of Appeals, and Patricia Griffin, Delaware State Court Administrator, (standing) presenting testimony on court interpretation issues at a congressional briefing in September 2007.