On December 9, 2004, the Alberta Court Interpreters Association was incorporated in accordance with the Alberta Societies Act, under the mentorship of the Honourable Assistant Chief Judge Brian Stevenson and the Honourable Retired Judge Alberta W.Ludwig, both from the Provincial Courts of Alberta. Judge Ludwig was instrumental to the application and registration process and also the naming of the Association.
The initial Executive Officers of the Association were Sylvia Ko Couper (President), Tu Phan (Vice President) and Penelope Waters (Secretary/Treasurer).
An Advisory Council was formed with representatives from the Provincial Court, Defense Council, Provincial and Federal Crown Prosecutor’s Office, members from the Provincial Calgary Bar Association and ACIA initial members. Other members were subsequently added to the Advisory Council from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and a representative from Bow Valley College Continuing Education Program. The first Advisory Council meeting was held on February 26, 2005 and some of the members have changed.
The Advisory Council has met numerous times to try to work out a plan to provide practical training for interpreters. Immediate training involved planning a mock trial, which took place on April 2009 at the new Calgary Courts Centre. Longer term training will entail cooperation between Bow Valley College and the offices of the Provincial and Federal Crown Prosecutors.
On September 10, 2010, a name change was requested from Alberta Service, and the official name of the Association is currently: ALBERTA COURT INTERPRETERS ASSOCIATION (ACIA).
Currently the Association has 22 active members. Some members have over 20 years of Court experience and others have between five and ten years experience. All members have their accreditations as Court Interpreters and some also have an Interpreter Certificate from the Bow Valley College Justice Interpreter program. Our members cover a combination of English and fourteen other languages if we also include American Sign Language. While working at the Court our members use proper identification badges.