Court Interpreter Program

 Preparing for the Court Interpreter Oral Examination?

If you passed the Delaware Written Exam and are preparing to take the Oral Examination in Delaware in September, 2016 you are invited to our meeting:

"Introduction to the Oral Exam"
6/18/2016 in Dover Delaware

The purpose of this meeting is to describe the Oral Exam, provide helpful resources and tips, explain the use of kits and other test preparation tools, exchange information for the creation of study groups, and discuss and answer questions about upcoming exams and other steps in the certification process.

SAT JUNE 18, 2016     1:30pm-3:30pm
Dover, DE

Contact the Court Interpreter Program for more information and to reserve a seat. Space is limited.

 2016 Certification Session Tentative Dates

Registration for our 2016 Written Examination is now open. Please click on the desired date to open the corresponding information and registration form.

County Location Orientation Seminar Written Exam Oral Exam
New Castle County Courthouse Wednesday,
September 14
New Castle County Courthouse Thursday,
September 15
Kent County Courthouse Friday,
September 16
Sussex County

The orientation seminar is the first step in the certification process. It is a full-day event and attendance requires a fee of $65 for DE residents and $120 for out-of-state residents. The orientation seminars will be offered in all three counties. Please read our qualification and registration process.

In the meantime, here are some helpful links:
Glossaries of court terms used in the Delaware courts
Resources page on the state website
Practice exams for the Federal exam

Please check this web page often for changes and additional registration information. You may contact the Court Interpreter Program if you have additional questions.

 Upcoming Workshops

Ethics for Court Interpreters

The Delaware Court Interpreter Program is developing a new and interactive ethics workshop for court interpreters to be offered free of charge to all interpreters included in the Delaware Court Interpreter Registry. Place and time to be announced. The Ethics for Court Interpreters Workshop will be comprised of 4 hours of practice and lecture. Four CE credits will be awarded to all attendees that successfully complete the workshop. Updates and information will be posted on this website later in the year.

Description of the Ethics for Court Interpreters Workshop

This is a comprehensive training on the Code of Ethics, meant to achieve the following:

  • that interpreters carefully review and understand the contents of the code
  • that they acquire insights into applying its standards effectively
  • that the CIP and its interpreters collaborate in supporting the standards of practice


  • The Code, taking the oath to heart
  • Ethically challenging scenarios
  • Group exercise
  • Response analysis
  • Certificate of Completion
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In April 1996, Chief Justice E. Norman Veasey established Delaware's Certified Court Interpreter Program ("Program") under Administrative Directive No. 107 in recognition of the guiding principle that all persons should enjoy equal access to the Delaware justice system regardless of age, color, gender, national origin, physical or mental disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. The Program’s goal is to provide language assistance and certified and qualified interpreters to the courts thus ensuring equal access to the judicial system for litigants with limited English proficiency or who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Delaware has since then made great strides and currently has strong policies and procedures in place to ensure language access to the judiciary. The existing and contemplated programs and policies of the Judicial Branch aimed at taking reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to all individuals in any encounters with the Delaware Judiciary regardless of their national origin or limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English are contained in the Delaware Judiciary Language Access Plan, (LAP).

The Court Interpreter Program

Since its inception, the Court Interpreter Program has continually developed in response to the sustained growth of the limited English proficient (“LEP”) populations in Delaware and in keeping with the Judiciary’s commitment to equal access to the courts.

The Court Interpreter Program is managed by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) under the direction of the Court Interpreter Advisory Board. The Advisory Board is comprised of 5 Delaware judges, a certified interpreter, and the Coordinator of the Court Interpreter Program. The Program is responsible for the development and implementation of policies and procedures on the use of interpreters in the Delaware courts; the interpreter services budget; the recruitment, testing, and certification of interpreter candidates and other general administrative duties.

Becoming an Interpreter

All candidates wishing to become certified or otherwise qualified must complete a qualification and registration process consisting, in short, of four steps: orientation seminar, written exam, criminal background check and oral exam. After certification and before inclusion in the Court Interpreter Registry, the candidate will enter into a service agreement with the AOC and sign an Oath to abide by the Code of Ethics for Professional Interpreters. In order to remain in the Registry interpreter must be in good standing and comply with all steps and requirements of the Program as outlined in the Court Interpreter Program Policy Directive.

For more information on becoming a certified interpreter in Delaware, please contact:

Jennifer Figueira
Administrative Office of the Courts
The Renaissance Centre
405 N. King Street, Suite 507
Wilmington, DE 19801
voice: 302.255.0166
fax: 302.255.2217