State of Maine Judicial Branch Court Interpreter Requirements
Court interpreters must be able to demonstrate oral and written proficiency in both English and target language(s). Proficiency includes the following:
- Ability to quickly, completely, and accurately interpret spoken words from one language to another;
- Ability to quickly, accurately, and completely sight translate written documents verbally from one language to another;
- Understanding of basic legal terminology;
- Ability to perform simultaneous, sight and consecutive interpretation;
- Ability to provide "meaning for meaning" interpreting, preserving the register of speech and all of its relevant characteristics; and
- Ability to write comprehensively and spell correctly in both languages.
Age, Education, and Credentials:
- At least 20 years of age;
- High school diploma or equivalent;
- Must be authorized to work in the United States; and
- Prior legal interpreting experience is preferred.
- Must agree to abide by the Maine Judicial Branch policy Standards of Professional Conduct for Interpreters Providing Services in Judicial Proceedings; and
- Must submit to a criminal history check completed by the Judicial Branch.
Qualifications for: Tier I - $35 per interpreting hour*
- File an approved Application for Maine Court Interpreting Work;
- Pass the National Center for State Courts written examination with a score of 70 or higher;
- Obtain a minimum of "Advanced-Low" rating on ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview in the target language;
- Complete the Maine Court Interpreters Orientation Program (2 days).
Qualifications for: Tier II - $45 per interpreting hour*
- Successful Completion of Tier I requirements, AND
- Pass the National Center for State Courts written examination with a score of 80 or higher;
- Must complete the Advanced Legal Interpreter Training Program (4 days);
- Must demonstrate at least 50 hours of documented legal interpreting experience; and
- Must have at least two years of post-secondary education.
Qualifications for: Tier III - $50 per interpreting hour*
- Federal Court certification (OR) satisfactory completion of all three sections of the National Center for State Courts Oral Exam
Maine Court intepreters ar also paid for travel time and reimbursed for mileage expenses pursuant to current policy.