Court Interpreter

court interpreter titles

 

Spanish Court Interpreter

Competitive position

Court Interpreters assist court users with limited English proficiency by interpreting court proceedings verbatim between English and the court user’s native language. Interpreters may also translate various documents and perform clerical tasks related to language services. The competitive court interpreter exam is only offered in Spanish. Based on experience and performance, Court Interpreters may advance to supervisory positions such as Senior Court Interpreter (JG–21) and Principal Court Interpreter (JG–23).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How Do I Become a Spanish Court Interpreter?

Visit the Exam Information for Exam Schedules

  • Take the open-competitive Court Interpreter (Spanish) Exam (JG–18)

Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED

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American Sign Language Interpreter

Non-competitive position

Court interpreters (American Sign Language) are hired off the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).

Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • RID Certification for American Sign Language (Sign Language Only)

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Non-Spanish Court Interpreter

Non-competitive position

The courts provide interpreting services in over 100 different languages. Interpreters for languages other than Spanish, including American Sign Language, work in non-competitive titles. Qualifications for each are highlighted below.

Court Interpreters (non-Spanish) work full or part time interpreting court proceedings in languages other than English.

Visit the Exam Information for Exam Schedules

  • Take the English Language Proficiency exam
  • Take the oral language exam(s) listed below:

Oral Exams

  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • BCS (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian)
  • Bengali
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Greek
  • Haitian Creole
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
  • Wolof

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Per Diem Court Interpreter

Non-competitive position (daily contract interpreter)

When a court does not have staff interpreters available, the court provides interpreters by contacting individuals or interpreting services who have qualified to be listed on the Registry of Per Diem Interpreters. Per Diem Interpreters are independent contractors, not court employees. To be eligible for Per Diem assignment, interpreters must successfully complete the English Language Proficiency exam.

Candidates may also be assessed on their interpreting skills in the target language or be asked to submit appropriate credentials verifying proficiency in the target language.

Per Diem Court Interpreter Online Application Information

Visit ADD LINK to Complete the Online Application

  • Take the English Proficiency Exam at a Statewide Computerized Test Center
  • Take the Oral Language Exam or submit appropriate credentials

Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • RID Certification for American Sign Language (Sign Language Only)

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