State of Maine Judicial Branch Court Interpreter Requirements

Court interpreters must be able to demonstrate oral and written proficiency in both English and target language(s). Proficiency includes the following:

  • Ability to quickly, completely, and accurately interpret spoken words from one language to another;
  • Ability to quickly, accurately, and completely sight translate written documents verbally from one language to another;
  • Understanding of basic legal terminology;
  • Ability to perform simultaneous, sight and consecutive interpretation;
  • Ability to provide "meaning for meaning" interpreting, preserving the register of speech and all of its relevant characteristics; and
  • Ability to write comprehensively and spell correctly in both languages.

Age, Education, and Credentials:

  • At least 20 years of age;
  • High school diploma or equivalent;  
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States; and
  • Prior legal interpreting experience is preferred.

Additional Requirements:

Qualifications for: Tier I - $35 per interpreting hour*

Qualifications for: Tier II - $45 per interpreting hour*

  • Successful Completion of Tier I requirements, AND
  • Pass the National Center for State Courts written examination with a score of 80 or higher;
  • Must complete the Advanced Legal Interpreter Training Program (4 days);
  • Must demonstrate at least 50 hours of documented legal interpreting experience; and
  • Must have at least two years of post-secondary education.

Qualifications for: Tier III - $50 per interpreting hour*

Maine Court intepreters ar also paid for travel time and reimbursed for mileage expenses pursuant to current policy.

Court Interpreter Requirements (PDF)