Court Interpreter Shadowing Program

The DVTA is honored to announce that it was asked by Judge Chen and the First Judicial District to be part of the Court Interpreter Shadowing Program, the first of its kind in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

After a comprehensive selection process of interpreters of languages the FJD is in need of, the DVTA named two DVTA members to participate in this program: Jola Bronstein (Polish) and Eassa Faheem (Arabic). We thank all other interpreters who submitted their applications! The decision was not easy due to the high level of excellence, skills, and professionalism of our members in general.

The Court Interpreter Shadowing Program is an eight-month program in which the chosen interpreters shadow the FJD’s staff interpreters once per month and rotate throughout the Criminal Court, Family Court, Municipal Court and other courts, while attending seminars regarding topics related to court interpreting. This program shall support interpreters in their effort to become court certified.  The Widener Legal Institute and the FJD’s vendors were also asked to name each two interpreters.

The program is an exciting opportunity for candidates to receive first-hand information from the court and to be able to interact with experienced court staff interpreters directly. The speakers for the monthly seminars have been thoroughly selected by Judge Chen and her team. Gabriela Jenicek has been assigned as the representative of DVTA for the program due to her background in interpreter training and her previous involvement at the court as independent trainer, specialized in Code of Ethics. The program kicks off the first week of March and the DVTA is happy to keep our members informed about the progress throughout the length of this historic program.