The Court Interpreters Program 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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Refund of the March 2020 BIEs Fee: Deadline June 12, 2020

Candidates who have been impacted by COVID-19 and/or do not intend to take the September 2020 Bilingual Interpreting Examinations (BIEs) can request a refund of the fee they paid for the cancelled March 17 – 19, 2020 BIEs. For additional information, please visit our Exam Information page.

Guidance for LEP Court Users During COVID-19

A handout, “You and Your Court Interpreter: Staying Safe During COVID-19,” offers suggestions to ensure the safety of interpreters and LEP court users. Translations will be added as soon as they become available.

2020 Language Need and Interpreter Use Study

The Judicial Council approved the 2020 Language Need and Interpreter Use Study, which is conducted every five years and details interpreter use in the courts and projects future language need.

2019 Annual Renewal and Compliance Period – Suspension Period in Effect

Interpreters who have not submitted their annual renewal fee and/or signed form attesting to completion of education and professional assignments by the April 30 deadline have been suspended, effective May 22, 2020. Payment and/or signed documentation not received by June 30, 2020 will result in revocation of an interpreter’s credential. Interpreters who are out of compliance due to financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic are strongly encouraged to contact Debbie Chong to discuss a payment plan, additional extension, or other accommodation to reverse their suspended status and avoid revocation of their certified and/or registered status.

For additional information, and if you are experiencing financial hardship, please refer to the Annual Renewal and Compliance page.

Contact Information

Judicial Council
Court Interpreters Program
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, California 94102-3688

Phone: 1-866-310-0689

E-mail: courtinterpreters@jud.ca.gov