Interpreter Requirements for Maine Courts

Court interpreters must be able to demonstrate oral and written proficiency in both English and target language(s). Proficiency includes the following:

  • Ability to quickly, completely, and accurately interpret spoken words from one language to another;
  • Ability to quickly, accurately, and completely sight translate written documents verbally from one language to another;
  • Understanding of basic legal terminology;
  • Ability to perform simultaneous, sight and consecutive interpretation;
  • Ability to provide “meaning for meaning” interpreting, preserving the register of speech and all of its relevant characteristics; and
  • Ability to write comprehensively and spell correctly in both languages.

Age and Eligibility:

  • At least 20 years of age;
  • High school diploma or equivalent;
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States; and
  • Prior legal interpreting experience is preferred

Additional Requirements:

Qualifications for: Tier I - $35 per hour

  • File an approved application;
  • Pass the National Center for State Courts written examination with a score of 70 or higher;
  • Pass Oral Proficiency Interview in the target language;
  • Complete the Maine Court Interpreters Orientation Program (2 days).

Qualifications for: Tier II - $45 per hour

  • Successful Completion of Tier I requirements, AND
  • Pass the National Center for State Courts written examination with a score of 80 or higher;
  • Complete the Maine Court Interpreter Advanced Legal Training Program (4 days);
  • 50 hours of legal interpreting experience; and
  • Two years of post-secondary education.

Qualifications for: Tier III - $50 per hour