Interpreters

If you need a interpreter, please complete the Interpreter Request Form or contact the Clerk of Court of where the matter is being held. Contact information can be found at the links below:

Maine state courts will provide all limited English proficient (LEP) individuals who are parties or witnesses in any type of court case, or parents of minors involved in juvenile actions, with an interpreter in all court proceedings related to that case, at the State's expense. "All court proceedings" includes case management conferences, CADRES and judicially-assisted mediations, motion hearings, arraignments, commitment hearings, competency hearings, jury selection, trials, sentencing, appellate arguments, and any other court events or proceedings authorized by the presiding judicial officer. (Administrative Order JB-06-3)

Many persons who come before the courts may be restricted in their ability to fully participate in the proceedings due to limited English proficiency, a speech impairment, hearing loss and/or deafness. It is essential that any resulting communication barrier be removed, as far as possible, so that these persons are placed in the same positions as similarly situated persons for whom there is no such barrier.

Interpreters are highly skilled professionals who fulfill an essential role in the administration of justice. As officers of the court, interpreters help assure that such persons may enjoy equal access to justice and that court proceedings and court support services function efficiently and effectively.

The Judicial Branch is now accepting applications for Court Interpreters in the following languages: Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Croatian, Dari, Farsi, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer (Cambodian), Kirundi, Korean, Laotian, Lingala, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Serbian, Somali, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Thai, Tigrinya, Wolof, Acholi, Dinka, Nuer, Zande and other languages spoken in South Sudan and Sudan. The Application for Maine Court Interpreter Work should be sent to: interpreters@courts.maine.gov.

Qualified applicants will be invited to take the National Center for State Courts Written Examination and the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interviews. The written exam fee is $25. The re-test fee is $50.

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Maine Court Interpreter Testing

Interpreter Testing Dates Flyer (PDF, 20KB)

National Center for State Courts Written Exam

Summer

Date/Time: Friday, August 11, 2017 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: Administrative Office of the Courts, 125 Presumpscot Street, Portland, ME 04103
Deadline: Register by August 8, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
Fee: $25 for first attempt; $50 for subsequent attempts.

Fall

Date/Time: Friday, November 17, 2017 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: Administrative Office of the Courts, 125 Presumpscot Street, Portland, ME 04103
Deadline: Register by November 14, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
Fee: $25 for first attempt; $50 for subsequent attempts.

Winter

Date/Time: Friday, February 16, 2018 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: Administrative Office of the Courts, 125 Presumpscot Street, Portland, ME 04103
Deadline: Register by February 13, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
Fee: $25 for first attempt; $50 for subsequent attempts.

Non-English Language ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPI)

Date/Time: Scheduled on an individual basis. Candidates that score 70% or higher on the National Center for State Courts English Language Written Examination written exam will receive an invitation by email.
Location: Administrative Office of the Courts, 125 Presumpscot Street, Portland, ME 04103
Deadline: Register by February 13, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
Fee: $40 for first attempt; $80 for subsequent attempts.
  

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REGISTRATION:
Apply to become a Maine Court Interpreter see requirements
VIA MAIL: Communication Access Specialist, P.O. Box 4820, Portland, ME 04112-4820 (OR)
VIA EMAIL: interpreters@courts.maine.gov OR
VIA FAX: (207) 822-0781 Attn: Communication Access Specialist

RETESTING:
For details about retesting policies, contact the Communication Access Specialist at interpreters@courts.maine.gov OR
 207-822-0703.

PAYMENT: 
Check OR Money Order ONLY payable to: State of Maine Administrative Office of Courts with application/registration materials.

NO REFUNDS:
If a candidate registers for an exam and cannot attend, he or she will be able to apply the testing fee toward a future testing date within the next twelve (12) months.

SPANISH INTERPRETERS:
The roster for Spanish interpreters is currently CLOSED to new applicants. Thus, we will not be accepting applications or administering testing for Spanish interpreters at this time.

Questions? Concerns? Please contact: Kristina Famolare, J.D., Communication Access Specialist: interpreters@courts.maine.gov OR by phone (207) 822-0703