Interpreters

If you need a interpreter, please complete the Interpreter Request Form or contact the Clerk of Court of where the matter is being held. Contact information can be found at the links below:

Maine state courts will provide all limited English proficient (LEP) individuals who are parties or witnesses in any type of court case, or parents of minors involved in juvenile actions, with an interpreter in all court proceedings related to that case, at the State's expense. "All court proceedings" includes case management conferences, CADRES and judicially-assisted mediations, motion hearings, arraignments, commitment hearings, competency hearings, jury selection, trials, sentencing, appellate arguments, and any other court events or proceedings authorized by the presiding judicial officer. (Administrative Order JB-06-3)

Many persons who come before the courts may be restricted in their ability to fully participate in the proceedings due to limited English proficiency, a speech impairment, hearing loss and/or deafness. It is essential that any resulting communication barrier be removed, as far as possible, so that these persons are placed in the same positions as similarly situated persons for whom there is no such barrier.

Interpreters are highly skilled professionals who fulfill an essential role in the administration of justice. As officers of the court, interpreters help assure that such persons may enjoy equal access to justice and that court proceedings and court support services function efficiently and effectively.

The Judicial Branch is now accepting applications for Court Interpreters in the following languages: Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Croatian, Dari, Farsi, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer (Cambodian), Kirundi, Korean, Laotian, Lingala, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Serbian, Somali, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Thai, Tigrinya, Wolof, Acholi, Dinka, Nuer, Zande and other languages spoken in South Sudan and Sudan. The Application for Maine Court Interpreter Work should be sent to Dolgormaa Hersom to P.O. Box 18210, Portland ME 04112. Please contact Ms. Hersom with any questions at dhersom@houseoflanguages.com or (207) 423-9962.

Qualified applicants will be invited to take the Court Interpreter Written Examination. The next examination date is May 16, 2014. The written exam fee is $25. The re-test fee is $50.

Maine Court Interpreter Test Fees (PDF)

February 10, 2014: Judicial Branch Court Interpreter Program Update