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
- Must agree to abide by the Maine Judicial Branch Policy Concerning Standards of Professional Conduct for Interpreters Providing Services in Judicial Proceedings; and
- Must submit to a criminal history check completed by the Judicial Branch.
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
- Federal certification (OR) certification through the National Center for State Courts.