Court Interpreter Program

 Ethics and Professional Responsibilities for Court Interpreters

The Delaware Administrative Office of the Courts is pleased to offer a 1/2-day Court Interpreter Workshop on Ethics and Professional Responsibilities for Court Interpreters. This seminar will be free of charge for interpreters listed in the current Delaware Court Interpreter Registry and $35 for all others interested, space permitting. Registration and fees must be received by July 10, 2017.

This workshop includes a Written Ethics Exam that must be completed in advance. The exam, code of ethics, and answer sheet will be emailed to candidates after they register. Interpreters must email the completed answer sheet to the coordinator by July 13, 2017. Responses will be discussed at the workshop. Please click here for more information and to register.

megaphone Dates for the Delaware 2017 State Court Interpreter Oral Exams are posted below.

Registration for the Oral Exam is NOW OPEN and will close August 11, 2017. Oral exam registration announcement and forms can be viewed by clicking on the desired date. Please check this web page often for any changes and/or updates.

County Location Orientation Seminar Written Exam Oral Exam
New Castle County Leonard L. Williams Justice Center September 20-21, 2017
Kent County Kent County Courthouse September 22, 2017

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
Self-assessment and Study Tools
Federal Exam Information

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

 Continuing Education

National Association of Judiciary Interpreters & Translators (NAJIT) 38th Annual Educational Conference
Friday, May 19 - Sunday, May 21, 2017
McLean, VA/Washington DC

Preapproved by the Delaware AOC Court Interpreter Program for a maximum of 15.5 CEUs.

View the NAJIT 38th Annual Educational Conference website to learn more.

American Translators Association 58th Annual Conference
Wednesday, October 25 - Saturday, October 28, 2017
Washington DC

Delaware AOC Court Interpreter Program: Maximum of 12 CEUs.

View video to learn more.

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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