- Test Administration Website
- Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
- National Center for State Courts (Consortium)
- Administrative Hearing and Medical Interpreters
- National Association of Judicial Interpreters and Translators
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.
January 11, 2017: Annual Renewal and Compliance Late Period filing in effect. California certified and registered court interpreters who did not submit their annual renewal fee, and if applicable, their completed continuing education and professional assignment forms are late. A $50 late fee has been assessed. Deadline for submission of all delinquent items, to avoid being suspended, must be received in the Court Interpreters Program office by close of business on, February 28, 2017. For more information visit the Annual Renewal and Compliance Period page.
January 3, 2017: Effective January 2017 the Judicial Council is again accepting applications for ASL-related candidates for the Master List of Interpreters. Candidates may now apply to be an Enrolled Deaf Interpreter (EDI) or a Certified American Sign Language (ASL) Court Interpreter. For an application please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 12, 2016: On June 24, the Judicial Council approved a pilot project for video remote interpreting to aid limited English proficient court users. The council also approved a number of translation and education products developed by the Language Access Plan Implementation Task Force. For information regarding ongoing efforts to provide language access in the California courts, visit the Language Access program page.
July 6, 2016: The suspension of enrollment of American Sign Language (ASL) court interpreter candidates onto the Judicial Council’s Master List has been extended through January 1, 2017. Please check back for updates.
September 11, 2015: Effective September 2015 new enrollment onto the Judicial Council’s Master List is temporarily suspended for American Sign Language (ASL) court interpreter candidates. The anticipated date for resuming the processing of applications is July 1, 2016. Please check back for updates. In separate news, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) has issued a moratorium on interpreter performance exams, effective January 1, 2016. Visit the RID testing moratorium FAQ for more details.
Bilingual Interpreting Exams: Exams are administered two times per calendar year. The next Bilingual Interpreting Exams will be offered March 21-23, 2017 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 21-23 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.
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.
Looking for a certified or registered court interpreter? You can find interpreters here.
Resources for exploring the court interpreting profession and preparing to enter the profession
Resources for current court interpreters
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:
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