Welcome to the Court Interpreter Program

Our next Introductory Webinar for Court Interpreter Candidates will take place on March 4, 2023. The Webinar will take place remotely via ZOOM from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. The application to attend will be posted on this page on December 15, 2022 and will be available until February 25, 2023. Please visit this site then to fill out the application.

We are actively recruiting in ALL languages. If you have questions about the program or your qualifications, please email interpretermd@mdcourts.gov.

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.