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 Delaware Court Interpreter Program 2016 Certification Session Tentative Dates

Registration for our 2016 Court Interpreter Certification seminars and examinations has not opened yet, but the tentative dates for these events are as follow:

Orientation Seminar
Written Exam
Oral Exam
New Castle County
To be announced
February 02, 2016
April 01, 2016
September 14-15, 2016
Kent County
To be announced
February 05, 2016
April 08, 2016
September 16, 2016
Sussex County
To be announced
February 11, 2016
Exam must be taken in New Castle or Kent County
Exam must be taken in New Castle or Kent County

Once posted, you will find instructions, addresses, pricing, and all the required forms. The orientation seminar is the first step in the 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 any change. Formal announcement along with instructions and registration forms will be posted closer to the end of the year. Please contact the Court Interpreter Program if you have additional questions.

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In April 1996, Chief Justice E. Norman Veasey established Delaware's Certified Court Interpreter Program (“Program”) under Administrative Directive No. 107Adobe Acrobat pdf icon 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