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 Advanced Training
Fall 2016 Advanced Training flyer (PDF)
Fall 2016 Advanced Training registration form (PDF)

Maine Court Interpreter Advanced Training Fall 2016

Day 1 – Skills Building: Sight Translation
Date/Time: October 24, 2016 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Location: Gallery Room, Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress St, Portland
Deadline: Register by October 17
Fee: $50.00
Trainer: Agustín de la Mora, President, Florida Institute of Interpretation and Translation
Description: Introduction to the three modes of interpreting (sight translation, simultaneous interpreting,
consecutive interpreting). This day will focus on tips for successful sight translation. Group exercises will be
conducted.

Day 2 – Skills Building: Simultaneous Interpretation
Date/Time: October 25, 2016 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Location: Gallery Room, Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress St, Portland
Deadline: Register by October 17
Fee: $50.00
Trainer: Agustín de la Mora, President, Florida Institute of Interpretation and Translation
Description: This day will focus on tips and tricks for successful simultaneous interpretation. Group exercises
will be conducted.

Day 3 – Skills Building: Consecutive Interpretation
Date/Time: October 26, 2016 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Location: Gallery Room, Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress St, Portland
Deadline: Register by October 17
Fee: $50.00
Trainer: Agustín de la Mora, President, Florida Institute of Interpretation and Translation
Description: This day will focus on tips and tricks for successful consecutive interpretation. Note-taking and
memory techniques will be explained and modeled. Group exercises will be conducted. This day will also include
information regarding the NCSC Oral Examinations.

Day 4 – Interpreting in Domestic Violence Cases
Date/Time: October 27, 2016 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Location: Feeney Conference Room, Cumberland County Courthouse, 205 Newbury St, Portland
Deadline: Register by October 17
Fee: $50.00
Trainer: Dolgormaa Hersom, Interpreter and Founding Director, House of Languages
Christopher Marot, Esq., Staff Attorney, Pine Tree Legal Assistance

 

REGISTRATION:
Deadline for registration for the Advanced Training is October 17, 2016.
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

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