Expanding Access to the Courts

Open Ninth - Episode 114

When you have limited proficiency in English, the United States justice system can seem overwhelming and confusing. However, working behind-the-scenes to increase access to the courts and level the playing field are a group of dedicated, unsung superheroes – interpreters!

In this latest episode of Open Ninth, Chief Judge Don Myers and the Ninth Circuit’s Interpreter Judge, Judge Luis Calderon, explore the important role interpreters play in the administration of justice, how that role has changed over time, and how Virtual Remote Interpreting takes it to the next level.

Show Notes

  • 0:19 - Judge Luis Calderon’s background
  • 3:23 - Immigrating, family values, and educational achievement
  • 9:30 - Passing DC and New York Bar Exams, practicing criminal defense
  • 16:51 - Limited English proficiency and interpreter services
  • 21:58 - The role of an interpreter judge and interpreters in the courtroom
  • 28:21 - Need for interpreters and resources
  • 29:32 - Virtual Remote Interpreting
  • 31:30 - COVID-19 and interpreting


In this episode

Donald A. Myers, Jr.

Moderator and Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit

Judge Donald A. Myers, Jr. has served as a Circuit Judge since 2011. He was elected as Chief Judge and will start his 2-year term on July 1, 2019.

Luis F. Calderon

Circuit Judge

Judge Calderon was appointed to the Circuit bench in 2017 by Governor Scott. He currently serves in the Circuit Criminal Division in Orange County.