The State Courts System has developed a statewide program to assist judges and trial court administrators in assessing the qualifications of court interpreters. The Court Interpreter Certification and Regulation Program designates interpreters through the use of written and oral language proficiency examinations. The Office of the State Courts Administrator (OSCA) currently offers full oral qualifications examinations in the following languages: Arabic, Cantonese, French, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Ilocano, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. State certification of interpreters was implemented on May 6, 2008, the designations of Language Skilled and Provisionally Approved were implemented on May 1, 2014.
Quick Reference Links:
- Training and Testing Calendar of Events
- New Florida Rules for Certification and Regulation of Spoken Language Court Interpreters
- Registration Application and Information
- Court Interpreter Continuing Education Requirements, Forms and Information
Are you up to date?
In order to receive program announcements and important updates, program participants must notify CICRP program staff of your current mailing and e-mail address within thirty days of a change. Update requests should be submitted in writing by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, a facsimile to 850-414-1342, or by mail to Court Interpreter Certification and Regulation Program, Florida Supreme Court Building, 500 S. Duval Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399.
Links of Interest
- National Center for State Courts
- Consortium for Language Access in the Courts
- Qualifications/Self-Assessment Questions for People Interested in Court Interpreting
- Study Guide References for People Interested in Court Interpreting
- Common Oral Interpreting Exam Performance Deficiencies
- Publications and Resource Materials
- Federal Court Interpreter Certification Education Program
- The National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators
- American Translators Association
- Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
- Court Interpreter Circuit Profiles, November 2009
- Recommendations for the Provision of Court Interpreting Services in Florida's Trial Courts, Commission on Trial Court Performance and Accountability, November 2010