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.

Latest News

Notice: 2020 Court Interpreter Renewal and Compliance Period

The 2020 Court Interpreter Renewal and Compliance Period for certified and registered interpreters launched on December 3, 2020. All courts and interpreters will be contacted by email. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to allow interpreters more time to complete their compliance requirements, the deadline for 2020 interpreter renewal and compliance has been extended. All interpreters must submit their annual renewal fee of $100 and compliance paperwork to the Judicial Council by March 1, 2021. A copy of the compliance forms for 2020 is available here. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

Update: September 2020 BIE Canceled

Alert: The September 15 – 17, 2020 Bilingual Interpreting Examinations (BIEs) are canceled at all California testing locations. No BIE testing will be held for the year 2020. This action follows the Governor’s health and safety directives from March 11, 2020 on “California Public Health Experts: Mass Gatherings Should be Postponed or Canceled Statewide to Slow the Spread of COVID-19.” See: For additional information, 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: Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, SpanishVietnamese

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.

Contact Information

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

Phone: 1-866-310-0689