California Government Code
Sec. § 71806


(a)

At the conclusion of the regional transition period, trial courts in the region may employ certified and registered interpreters to perform spoken language interpretation for the trial courts in full-time or part-time court interpreter positions created by the trial courts with the authorization of the regional committee and subject to meet and confer in good faith. The courts may also continue to employ court interpreters pro tempore.

(b)

For purposes of hiring interpreters for positions other than court interpreters pro tempore, unless otherwise provided in a memorandum of understanding or agreement with a recognized employee organization, trial courts shall consider applicants in the following order of priority:

(1)

Court interpreters pro tempore in the same language who have performed work for that trial court for at least 150 court days or parts of court days during each of the past five years, including time spent performing work for the trial court as an independent contractor.

(2)

Court interpreters pro tempore in the same language who have performed work for that trial court for at least 60 court days or parts of court days in each of the past five years, including time spent performing work for the trial court as an independent contractor.

(3)

Court interpreters pro tempore in the same language who have performed work for that trial court for at least 60 court days or parts of court days in at least two of the past four years, including time spent as an independent contractor.

(4)

Other applicants.

(c)

A trial court may not reject an applicant in favor of an applicant with lower priority except for cause.

(d)

For purposes of this section, “for cause” means a fair and honest cause or reason regulated by good faith on the part of the party exercising the power.

(e)

Applicants may be required to provide sufficient documentation to establish that they are entitled to priority in hiring. Trial courts shall make their records of past assignments available to interpreters for purposes of obtaining that documentation.

(f)

Unless the parties to a dispute agree upon other procedures after the dispute arises, or other procedures are provided in a memorandum of understanding or agreement with a recognized employee organization, disputes about whether this section has been violated shall be resolved by binding arbitration through the California State Mediation and Conciliation Service.

(g)

Subdivision (b) shall become inoperative on January 1, 2007, unless otherwise provided by a memorandum of understanding or agreement with a recognized employee organization, and on and after that time hiring shall be in accordance with the personnel rules of the trial court.
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