The Maryland Court Interpreter Program is committed to providing the Maryland Judiciary with highly qualified and trained interpreters to ensure equal access to justice to all limited English proficiency individuals who seek it.
The Court Interpreter Program conducts training workshops, testing, and continuing education classes for court interpreters. Certification exams are offered in Arabic, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Cantonese, French, Italian, Creole, Korean, Mandarin, Portugese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese. Persons interested in serving as court interpreters should request information about the application process by contacting the Court Interpreter Program of the Administrative Office of the Courts at 2001-D Commerce Park Drive, Annapolis, Maryland, 21401-2913; phone number 410-260-3569.
The Maryland Judiciary maintains a Court Interpreter Registry. All listed interpreters are either Certified or Eligible. Certified interpreters have passed an oral interpreter certification examination which tests their language and interpreting skills in 3 modes: Sight, Consecutive and Simultaneous. At a minimum, all eligible interpreters have passed a written examination and may have passed an oral proficiency interview (OPI) in the foreign language and English.
To request a spoken language interpreter, please submit a Request for Spoken Language Interpreter (Form CC-DC41) to the court in which the case will be heard. Please submit the request at least 30 days in advance or otherwise provide the court with sufficient time to obtain the spoken language interpreter services. If you have questions, contact the Court Administrator at 240-313-2545.