Court Interpreters

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.

If you need an interpreter in court, please see the Accessibility and Interpreters page.

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.

 

Maine Court Interpreter Testing

National Center for State Courts Written Exam

Testing Dates

All testing dates are held from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Administrative Office of the Courts at 125 Presumpscot Street in Portland. Applications and resumes are due the Wednesday prior to the exam. There is a $25 exam fee payable by check or money order. See the Interpreter Testing Dates Flyer for additional information. The 2019 testing dates are:

  • Friday, February 15, 2019
  • Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Friday, September 13, 2019

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
Fee: $40, payable by check or money order
  

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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 AND SINGLE-LANGUAGE FRENCH ROSTER CLOSED:

  • The roster for Spanish and single-language French interpreters is currently CLOSED to new applicants.
  • French language applicants who are highly competent in at least one (1) additional non-English language may apply.

To request an exception, please contact the Communication Access Specialist at (207) 822-0703 or interpreters@courts.maine.gov.