Effective October 1, 2005, the Court's Interpreter Services Section will no longer schedule interpreter services (interpreting and written translating) for CJA attorneys, unless the service involves the sight-translating of a presentence report. To schedule an interpreter for the reading of the presentence report, please contact Interpreter Services at least 24 hours ahead of time. In all other out-of-court service needs, CJA Panel attorneys should schedule their own interpreters. Please refer to Interpreter Services  on the Court's web page for further details.
It is important to note that payment to Interpreters for CJA out-of-court services will be for actual time spent in travel to and from the location of the interpreting, any reasonable waiting time at the place of the interpreting, and interpreting services. These fees are to be fully itemized in hours and tenths of hours. In no event will the amount paid exceed the then current Administrative Office of the United States Courts (the "AO") full day rates unless the total hours claimed exceed eight hours. In such an event, the applicable overtime hourly rate will apply for every hour or fraction thereof, over eight hours.
Travel time and mileage will be compensated subject to reasonableness (ex. travel time and mileage from out-of-district to MDC to interpret are unreasonable and will not be approved).
Maximum hourly rates and overtime rates have been established and are below.
(Effective February 1, 2010)
AO Certified, Professionally Qualified, California State Certified Qualified interpreters may be paid up to $74.00 an hour not to exceed $388.00 per day (the current AO full day rate). The overtime hourly rate for more than eight hours is $55.00. California State Registered Interpreters may be paid up to $56 per hour not to exceed $305.00 per day (the current AO full day rate). The overtime hourly rate for more than eight hours is $45.00. Language Skilled Interpreters may be paid up to $54.00 an hour not to exceed $265.00 per day (the current AO full day rate). The overtime hourly rate for more than eight hours is $35.00. Non-Certified and Non-Language Skilled Interpreters may be paid up to $24.00 an hour with no daily limit. The overtime hourly rate for more than eight hours is $24.00.
Translations from Tapes and CDs
AO Certified, Professionally Qualified, ATA Certified Translator may be paid up to
$42.00 per hour
Will be reimbursed in accordance with the Department of State’s Translation Rates current at the time of the translation.
Contact the CJA Office at 213-894-6992 for current written rate information.