Court Interpreters Program (CIP)

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.

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2019 Annual Renewal and Compliance Period

The launch of the 2019 Annual Renewal and Compliance Period for certified and registered interpreters has been delayed as we work to internally implement changes that the Court Interpreters Advisory Panel recently made to the Compliance Requirements for Certified Court and Registered Interpreters. One of these changes is no longer requiring interpreters to submit copies of their paperwork to show that they have met their continuing education and professional assignments requirements. Beginning this compliance period, interpreters will only need to attest to completion of these requirements on a brief form. A detailed explanation of the changes to the requirements and a link to the updated requirements will be included in the communications to the interpreters and the courts when the compliance period is launched, most likely in November 2019. We may also extend the initial deadline for interpreters to respond by January 2020, so courts or interpreters should not worry about missing the deadline for this cycle.

The Court Interpreters Program will contact interpreters and the courts by e-mail once compliance has been launched. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at courtinterpreters@jud.ca.gov.


Effective January 1, 2020 – California Court Interpreter Credential Review Procedures

The Judicial Council of California adopted the California Court Interpreter Credential Review Procedures on September 24, 2019, which provide guidelines for filing a complaint alleging professional misconduct or malfeasance regarding a California certified or registered interpreter.  The complaint form and more information will be posted closer to the effective date. 

Sacramento radio KFBK interviews with Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Part I and Part II: