Welcome to the Court Interpreter Program

NOTICE:

The Fall 2020 Introductory Workshop will take place on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The workshop will be held online from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Click here to access the application. 

Important: Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we will not accept hand-delivered or mailed applications. Please scan your complete application and send it to: Interpretermd@mdcourts.gov

You will receive an e-mail confirming that your application has been received. The workshop fee has been waived for all candidates. Please do not submit payments with your application.

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 Court Interpreter Registry.  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 eligible interpreters have passed a written examination in English and many have passed a Language Proficiency Interview (LPI) in the foreign language and English.  If you would like to receive an updated Court Interpreter Registry Release List, please e-mail your request to ksenia.boitsova@mdcourts.gov. If you are a private party who needs an interpreter for a court hearing, please contact the court where the hearing is scheduled directly.