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, Ilokano, 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.
The 2014-15 Calendar of Training and Testing Events can be found here.
The Court Interpreter Certification Board submitted proposed rule amendments to the Supreme Court on May 30, 2014. The case can be accessed by visiting the following link:
Supreme Court Adopts Amendments to the Florida Rules for Certification and Regulation of Spoken Language Court Interpreters
On March 27, 2014, the Supreme Court of Florida issued an opinion in SC13-304 In Re: Amendments to the Florida Rules for Certification and Regulation of Court Interpreters. The opinion, along with the amended rules, can be accessed by visiting the above linked text. To access just the amended rules, see Florida Rules for Certification and Regulation of Spoken Language Court Interpreters.
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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.