Interpreters

If you need a interpreter, please complete the Interpreter Request Form or contact the Clerk of Court of where the matter is being held. Contact information can be found at the links below:

Maine state courts will provide all limited English proficient (LEP) individuals who are parties or witnesses in any type of court case, or parents of minors involved in juvenile actions, with an interpreter in all court proceedings related to that case, at the State's expense. "All court proceedings" includes case management conferences, CADRES and judicially-assisted mediations, motion hearings, arraignments, commitment hearings, competency hearings, jury selection, trials, sentencing, appellate arguments, and any other court events or proceedings authorized by the presiding judicial officer. (Administrative Order JB-06-3)

Many persons who come before the courts may be restricted in their ability to fully participate in the proceedings due to limited English proficiency, a speech impairment, hearing loss and/or deafness. It is essential that any resulting communication barrier be removed, as far as possible, so that these persons are placed in the same positions as similarly situated persons for whom there is no such barrier.

Interpreters are highly skilled professionals who fulfill an essential role in the administration of justice. As officers of the court, interpreters help assure that such persons may enjoy equal access to justice and that court proceedings and court support services function efficiently and effectively.

The Judicial Branch is now accepting applications for Court Interpreters in the following languages: Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Croatian, Dari, Farsi, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer (Cambodian), Kirundi, Korean, Laotian, Lingala, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Serbian, Somali, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Thai, Tigrinya, Wolof, Acholi, Dinka, Nuer, Zande and other languages spoken in South Sudan and Sudan. The Application for Maine Court Interpreter Work should be sent to: interpreters@courts.maine.gov.

Qualified applicants will be invited to take the National Center for State Courts Written Examination and the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interviews. The next examination date has not been scheduled. The written exam fee is $25. The re-test fee is $50.

Upcoming Testing
Fall 2016 Testing Flyer (PDF)

Maine Court Interpreter Testing Fall 2016

National Center for State Courts Written Exam                        
Date/Time:      September 13, 2016, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Location:         Administrative Office of the Courts, 125 Presumpscot Street, Portland
Deadline:          Register by September 6, 2015 at 12 pm (*please note OPI date, below)
Fee:                  $25 for first attempt; $50 for subsequent attempts.
Please note: First re-test is available after six (6) months. Second re-test is available twelve months from first attempt. Only two re-tests are allowed per candidate.

Non-English Language ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPI)                                                     
Date/Time:      September 20, 2016 various times
Location:         Administrative Office of the Courts, 125 Presumpscot Street, Portland
Deadline:          Scheduled on an individual basis; Candidates that score 70 or above on the September 13th written exam will receive an e-mail invitation by close of business on September 15, 2016
Fee:                  $40 for first attempt; $80 for subsequent attempts
Please note: First re-test is available after six (6) months. Second re-test is available twelve months from first attempt. Only two re-tests are allowed per candidate.

 

REGISTRATION:
Apply to become a Maine Court Interpreter (see requirements on our website)
Send all necessary materials to be received no later than September 6, 2016 at 12 pm (noon):
VIA MAIL: Taylor Kilgore, Esq., Communication Access Specialist, P.O. Box 4820, Portland, ME 04112-4820 (OR)
VIA E-MAIL: interpreters@courts.maine.gov
(OR)
VIA FAX: (207) 822-0781

PAYMENT: 
Check OR Money Order ONLY payable to: State of Maine Administrative Office of Courts with application/registration materials

NO REFUNDS
If a candidate registers for an exam and cannot attend, he or she will be able to apply the testing fee toward a future testing date within the next twelve (12) months.

SPANISH INTERPRETERS:
The roster for Spanish interpreters is currently CLOSED to new applicants. Thus, we will not be accepting applications or administering testing for Spanish interpreters at this time.

Questions? Concerns? Please contact: Taylor Kilgore, Esq., Communication Access Specialist at: interpreters@courts.maine.gov OR by phone (207) 822-0703