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

The Court Interpreters Advisory Panel is currently soliciting nominations for:

  • Trial Court Judicial Officer
  • Trial Court Judicial Administrator
  • Region 1 certified or registered interpreter employed by the court
  • Non-voting advisory positions

The deadline for submitting nominations is May 15, 2014. The nomination form may completed online or downloaded.

The Judicial Council’s Court Interpreters Advisory Panel assists the Judicial Council with the advancement of language access to the courts. The panel makes recommendations to the council on policies and procedures including but not limited to, interpreter use and need, certification, registration, and professional conduct.

Discount on the Written Exam Through First week of April, 2014
Effective January 17th, and through the first week of April, Prometric is offering a 10% discount on court interpreter written exams.

Annual Renewal and Compliance Period – Suspension Period  
Effective January 1, 2014, interpreters who did not submit their annual renewal fees and/or compliance requirements by the December 31, 2013 deadline were assessed a late filing fee of $50. Interpreters had until February 28, 2014 to submit the past due fee, late fee, and if applicable, compliance paperwork. Interpreters who continued to be out of compliance as of March 1, 2014, have been suspended, and their name removed from the Judicial Council’s Master List of Certified Court interpreters and Registered Interpreters. Interpreters have until June 30, 2014 to come into full compliance.

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.

Exam Information

Bilingual Interpreting Exams: Exams are administered two times per calendar year. For more information regarding the required exams, review the Exam Information page.  Please visit our website often, as dates for the Bilingual Interpreting Exam will be posted as soon as Bilingual Interpreting Exam dates become available or visit: Prometric website Bilingual Interpreting Exam section.

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

Oral Proficiency Exams: Scheduling for the Oral Proficiency Exam is available now. Please visit the Prometric website Oral Proficiency Exam secion for information on how to register.


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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