Court Interpreters Program (CIP)

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CIP strives to ensure access to the courts for persons with limited English proficiency or those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, by developing programs and practices that enhance the quality of interpretation and increase the availability of qualified interpreters in the courts.

Latest News

September 30, 2014: The formal public comment period on the draft Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts is now closed. The Joint Working Group for California’s Language Access Plan accepted formal public comment on the draft plan through September 29, 2014. An executive summary of the draft plan is available in English and Spanish. Following the public comment process, the draft plan will be revised and a final plan will be presented to the Judicial Council for its review and adoption.

Annual Renewal and Compliance Period In Effect
All spoken language interpreters must meet annual renewal and continuing education and professional assignment requirements established by the Judicial Council of California in accordance with California Government Code § 68562.

Official notification and Annual Renewal packets have been e-mailed to all interpreters currently enrolled on the Judicial Council’s Master List of Certified Court and Registered Interpreters. Packets were sent via e-mail on September 12, 2014.

Visit the Annual Renewal and Compliance Period page for more information and to download the current Annual Renewal Packet.

Exam Information

Bilingual Interpreting Exams: Exams are administered two times per calendar year.  The next Bilingual Interpreting Exams will be offered March 24, 25, 26  at testing locations across California, for more information regarding the upcoming exams and to register visit the: Prometric website Bilingual Interpreting Exam section.

For more information, visit the Exam Information page.

Written Exams: Scheduling for the Written Exam is available now. Please visit the Prometric website Written Exam section for information on how to register.


Becoming an Interpreter

Interested in becoming a court interpreter? As a court interpreter, you will play a key role in our trial courts by interpreting for defendants, litigants and witnesses, thereby helping to insure access to justice for thousands of Californians with limited English proficiency. Find more information and resources on how you can become a court interpreter.

Search for an Interpreter

Looking for a certified or registered court interpreter? You can find interpreters here.



Prospective Interpreters
Resources for exploring the court interpreting profession and preparing to enter the profession

Current Interpreters
Resources for current court interpreters

Education Providers
Resources for trainers of interpreters


Some of the reports produced or sponsored by CIP include:

  • Recommended Guidelines for Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) for ASL-Interpreted Events
  • 2010 Language Need and Interpreter Use Study: Report to the Legislature
  • 2005 Language Need and Interpreter Use Study: Report to the Legislature
  • California's Assessment of the Consortium for Language Access in the Courts' Exams
  • Study of Court Interpreter Services in Civil Cases in California



Interested in the purpose and function of the Court Interpreters Program or the Court Interpreters Advisory Panel? This section contains background information on the program and the panel. It also answers common questions.

Information related to the Court Interpreters Advisory Panel and the Court Interpreter Program



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