Open Ninth

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Interpreters and the Language Barrier

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


Open Ninth
Episode 114

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 33:48



In this episode

Circuit Judge Donald A. Myers, Jr.
Donald A. Myers, Jr.

Senior Judge

Senior Judge Donald A. Myers, Jr. served as a Circuit Judge from 2011-2021. He was elected as Chief Judge and started his 2-year term on July 1, 2019.

Circuit Judge Luis F. Calderon
Luis F. Calderon

Circuit Judge

Judge Calderon was appointed to the Circuit bench in 2017 by Governor Scott. He currently serves as the Associate Administrative Judge for the Circuit Criminal Division.