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GCN : October 2012
GCN OCTOBER 2012 • GCN.COM 41 GCN AWARDS VIRTUAL REMOTE INTERPRETING INITIATIVE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT OF FLORIDA CY CYR Under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, non-English speakers who face the legal criminal system have a right to quality language interpretation in their native tongue. It's a requirement that courts take seriously, in part because the cost to courts for just one violation of Ti- tle VI can easily be more than $3 million. In fact, the state of Florida spends more than $40 million annually to sup- port two foreign languages in state courts, Spanish and Creole. With the courts barely meeting the soaring need for interpreters in those languages, they now they are facing demands for other languages, including Russian, Mandarin and Vietnamese. The Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida in Orlando is no exception. "In an environment of exploding dock- ets, decreasing budgets and hiring freez- es, the Ninth Circuit faced the very real threat of not being able to provide a due process service," said Matt Benefiel, trial court administrator for the Ninth Judi- cial Circuit Court. To keep up, officials from the Ninth Circuit put together a team that devel- oped a virtualized approach to language interpretation. The result was the Vir- tual Remote Interpreting system (VRI), providing on-demand virtual language interpretation services to the courts. The team designed and installed a digital court reporting infrastructure connected to the court's greater network and created four remote workstations throughout Orange and Osceola coun- ties. Using live video captured through courtroom security cameras and an au- dio platform, interpreters at these re- mote locations are able to securely inter- act with the court through Web browsers from any computer linked to the court's network. In addition, the system lets courtroom personnel access a pool of certified, on-call interpreters and con- nect with them when needed. Through a combination of despera- tion, technical and operational creativ- ity, and strong judicial leadership, "the Ninth Circuit was able to create a so- lution that dramatically changed the way interpreting services are provided throughout the state of Florida and be- yond," Benefiel said. The impact of the innovative system has been considerable. Not only has VRI produced meaningful cost savings, the courts are able to supply certified in- terpretation services to a much greater population, Benefiel explained. It also has improved the administra- tion of justice. "The court has access to qualified interpreters on demand, which significantly improves the caseflow man- agement," he said. The Ninth Circuit is now working to extend the VRI program to other resource-strained circuits in Florida, with the goal of reaching 20 cir- cuits by 2013. • --- Richard W. Walker Florida circuit court virtualizes language interpretation to serve an increasingly multi-lingual society Court bridges linguistic and digital divide From left: J.R. Denman, Matt Benefiel, Honorable Belvin Perry, Jr., Ody Arias ORGANIZATION: Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida PROJECT: Virtual Remote Inter- preting Initiative CHALLENGE: Create a technol- ogy to provide virtual language interpretation services in Florida courtroom. SOLUTION: A digital court report- ing infrastructure connected to the court's greater network so that language interpreters are able to interact via video and audio with the courtroom from remote workstations. AT A GLANCE