The NAJIT Bench and Bar committee was a sub-committee formed in 2010 to improve the working relationship between interpreters and the members of the bench and bar. Since its inception the committee has worked with the American Bar Association to develop model codes, and has produced several educational documents. You will find Bench and Bar resources posted below. In 2021, the Bench and Bar Committee was merged back into the NAJIT Advocacy Committee.
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May 2018 — A resource to aid in sharing the benefits of working with a professional interpreter. PDF version: Benefits of working with a professional interpreter – Infographic.
February 2018 — A resource for professionals working with interpreters in a legal setting. PDF version: Working with an Interpreter in a legal setting – Infographic.
October 2017 — PDF version of the Best Practices for Working with Interpreters and Clients with Limited English Proficiency (Education for Judges, Attorneys and other Stakeholders). A suggestions and best practices document has also been developed to support the powerpoint.
September 2013 — PDF version of the Bench and Bar Committee powerpoint presentation that provides basic information about the proper use of interpreters in legal settings. (Education for Judges)
October 2012 — PDF version of the Bench and Bar Committee powerpoint presentation that provides basic information about the proper use of interpreters in legal settings. (Education for Attorneys)
February 2012 — The American Bar Association has released the American Bar Association Standards for Language Access in State Courts that will affect court interpreters working with LEPs. This is the fruit of the Laying the Path project that NAJIT has been working on as part of its Bench and Bar initiatives.
August 2011 — *UPDATED June 2018* PDF version of the Bench and Bar Committee Talking Points that discusses the requirement to provide qualified interpreters for LEP individuals in judiciary settings.
The NAJIT Immigration Interpretering Committee provides a platform for training, exchanging resources and information on career opportunities for immigration interpreters. It will concentrate its efforts to create awareness about the contract conditions of the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) freelance interpreters and will advocate for the improvement of such conditions.
August 2019 — A resource for Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) freelance interpreters: NAJIT Immigration Interpreting Committee Paper