RAUCH COMPANIES, L.L.C. AWARDED CONTRACT BY JUDICIAL COUNCIL OF CALIFORNIA TO IMPLEMENT REMOTE INTERPRETING PILOT PROJECT

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The Judicial Council of California is implementing a REMOTE INTERPRETING PILOT PROGRAM to provide the services of primarily Spanish certified court interpreters located in Los Angeles, Kern and San Diego Counties to remote counties via telephone, using equipment developed by the RAUCH COMPANIES, L.L.C. Other available languages are Arabic, Armenian, Farsi, Korean, Russian and Mandarin. The purpose of the Program is to provide equal access to the courts for non-English speaking individuals in geographically remote areas in California and to decrease the use of non-certified court interpreters.

RAUCH COMPANIES, L.L.C. AWARDED CONTRACT BY JUDICIAL COUNCIL OF CALIFORNIA

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Contact Steve Rauch (973) 921-0800, Fax (973) 921-1011, message @rauchcom.com

August 20, 2001

Springfield, New Jersey, USA : The Judicial Council of California is implementing a REMOTE INTERPRETING PILOT PROGRAM to provide the services of primarily Spanish certified court interpreters located in Los Angeles, Kern and San Diego Counties to remote counties via telephone, using equipment developed by the RAUCH COMPANIES, L.L.C. Other available languages are Arabic, Armenian, Farsi, Korean, Russian and Mandarin.

The purpose of the Program is to provide equal access to the courts for non-English speaking individuals in geographically remote areas in California and to decrease the use of non-certified court interpreters.

RAUCH COMPANIES, L.L.C. is providing, installing and training interpreters in the use of their VoxOlom* Interpreter's Consoles at the three Provider sites. VoxOlom* Courtroom Conference Systems are being installed in 12 county courthouses. Court personnel will be trained in its operation.

The VoxOlom Interpreter's Console connects to two telephones, permitting an interpreter to monitor both English and non-English languages. The interpreter then simultaneously or consecutively interprets for the non-English speaking person.

The VoxOlom Courtroom Conference System is an engineered system that provides excellent audio quality for simultaneous or consecutive interpretation between several participants in a courtroom and interpreters working from distant locations. The design strategically places telecommunication equipment in the courtroom for good audibility for all participants - the remote interpreter and English and non-English speakers in the courtroom.

The PILOT PROGRAM will be operational by the end of August 2001.

In addition to California, the US Courts and the Idaho, Florida and Oregon State Courts have purchased VoxOlom* remote interpreting systems to use for their in-court and out-of-court judicial proceedings. Staff and contract interpreters are equipped to provide remote interpretation services to remote districts and counties. The equipment has been proven as beneficial for court appearances that tend to last under 30 minutes. The interpreters who use the equipment have quickly accepted and embraced the technology. The judges who experience remote simultaneous interpreting in their courtrooms accept the technology since they know the staff providing the interpreting services - and appreciate the fluidity of the simultaneous interpreting mode.

For more information on the systems, technology and Federal and State programs, please call or message Rauch Companies, L.L.C. at (973) 921-0800, or reference http://www.rauchcom.com.

  • VoxOlom is a registered trademark of Rauch Companies, L.L.C.

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