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.
NOW AVAILABLE: The Calendar of Events can be found here. Events include orientation workshops, oral examinations, and new written examination information.
The Florida Supreme Court has approved graduated implementation of rules requiring persons to register with the Office of the State Courts Administrator before providing interpreter services in court and court-related proceedings. Under the Court’s March 31, 2015 Revised Opinion in SC14-1055, registration in accordance with Rule 14.200(a) will become effective October 1, 2015, as will other provisions in the rules specifically referencing compliance with the registration requirement. All other provisions became effective April 1, 2015. The full text of the rules should be consulted for a complete understanding of their impact.
Graduated implementation will allow the registration process to go forward without unfairly penalizing interpreters who may need more time to schedule participation in orientation programs and required examinations. A schedule of additional orientation sessions and examinations will soon be made available online. Results of examinations will be reported and applications processed as quickly as possible.
Rule Amendment Implementation—The application for registration and related instructions have been finalized. Administrative Order AOSC15-12 was issued April 17, 2015, establishing fees for (1) application for official state-level designation and registration and (2) biennial renewal for official state-level designation and registration. These documents, as well as the courtroom observation hours reporting form and related requirements, are posted on the following webpage Become a Court Interpreter.
Under the newly adopted rules, all interpreters holding a certified, language skilled, or provisionally approved status are now deemed to be registered. All other persons who wish to provide spoken language interpreting services in court and court-related proceedings should diligently pursue steps necessary to complete orientation, examination, and other requirements by October 1, 2015.
Florida Rules for Certification and Regulation of Spoken Language Court Interpreters
To access the Florida Rules for Certification and Regulation of Spoken Language Court Interpreters, visit the following link: Florida Rules for Certification and Regulation of Spoken Language Court Interpreters. Please note the previously mentioned document has not yet been updated to incorporate the new rule amendments as provided in the Supreme Court of Florida's March 31, 2015 Revised Opinion in SC14-1055. Interpreters should consult both documents for a full understanding of requirements governing registration, official state-level designation, maintenance of registration/official state-level designation, renewal, and reinstatement.
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