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

2019 Annual Renewal and Compliance Period – Deadline April 30, 2020

The deadline to submit the annual license fee and required documentation has been extended to Thursday, April 30, 2020, due to the COVID-19 health crisis. This deadline has been extended to provide any interpreters who are experiencing financial hardship with additional time to submit their annual fees and/or required documentation. For additional information, please refer to the Annual Renewal and Compliance page.


The March 17 – 19, 2020 Bilingual Interpreting Examinations (BIEs) have been cancelled by the Judicial Council in all testing locations in California.

This action is in compliance with the Governor's directive, “California Public Health Experts: Mass Gatherings Should be Postponed or Canceled Statewide to Slow the Spread of COVID-19,” March 11, 2020,

Please note that the March BIEs are being cancelled.  They are not being postponed to a later date.  At this point in time, the Judicial Council has not cancelled the September 15 – 17, 2020 BIEs.

Exam candidates have received notice of the cancellation of the March exams by e-mail and phone.

Please direct any questions or concerns to Prometric Customer Service at 1-866-241-3118.  Candidates should not use the rescheduling option (Option 1) and should use the scheduling option (Option 2).

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

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. Complaint forms and more information may be found at: Court Interpreter Complaints.


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