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.

Latest News

September 24, 2018

The Annual Renewal and Compliance period for all California certified court and registered interpreters is now open. On September 21, 2018, all interpreters currently registered on the Judicial Council’s Master List have been contacted via e-mail. The email includes the required forms and instructions to submit the annual renewal fee, and if required continuing education and professional assignment documentation. Interpreters who do not have an email on file, or whose email was bounced back, will receive their packet via USPS (US Mail). The deadline for the Judicial Council to receive annual renewal fees and paperwork, without penalty is Monday, December 31, 2018. View the Annual Renewal and Compliance Period page for more information.

September 16, 2018

Report on California Courts’ Need for More Interpreters
California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, chair of the Judicial Council’s Language Access Plan Implementation Task Force, talks about the need to provide access to all court users, no matter what language they speak and career opportunities for court interpreters.

Exam Information

Bilingual Interpreting Exams: Exams are administered two times per calendar year.  The next Bilingual Interpreting Exams will be offered September 19-21, 2019 at testing locations across California. For more information regarding the upcoming exams and to register visit the: Prometric website Bilingual Interpreting Exam section

Candidates preparing for the March 19-21, 2019 Oral Bilingual Interpreting Exam should view the video collection “What to Expect on Exam Day.”  Visit the Prometric website for exam details.

For more information, visit the Exam Information page.


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


Court Interpreter Program Related Studies and Reports
The Court Interpreters Program has commissioned various studies and produced reports related to testing and the use of interpreters.

Some of the reports produced or sponsored by CIP include:

  • 2015 Language Need and Interpreter Use Study: Report to the Legislature
  • Trial Court Interpreters Expenditure Report for FY 2016-2017
  • Recommended Guidelines for Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) for ASL-Interpreted Events
  • California's Assessment of the Consortium for Language Access in the Courts' Exams
  • Study of Court Interpreter Services in Civil Cases in California

View all CIP sponsored reports »


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