Welcome to the Court Interpreter Program

The next Introductory Webinar for Spoken Language Interpreter candidates will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2024, from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM. Click here to fill out the Application to Attend. The deadline to apply is Friday March 1, 2024 at 4:00 PM.

Residents of adjoining states may apply for this webinar only if they plan to interpret in the Maryland courts and live within 30 miles of the nearest courthouse in Maryland. Maryland residents are given priority.

Admission into the Court Interpreter Program is competitive. Professional interpreting experience and/or formal training in the interpretation field are required in order to be considered. All submissions will be acknowledged and candidates notified of the decision via e-mail within two weeks of the submission date.

If you have questions about the program or your qualifications, please e-mail to [email protected].

Mission Statement

The Maryland Court Interpreter Program is committed to providing the Maryland Judiciary with highly qualified interpreters for criminal and civil proceedings, including juvenile matters and some court-related events in the Maryland courts.

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The Maryland 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, Haitian Creole, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

The Maryland Judiciary maintains a public Court Interpreter Release List.  All listed interpreters are either Certified or Qualified. 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 Qualified interpreters have passed a written examination in English and many have passed an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in the foreign language and English.