4.3 Training Requirements

Court interpreter training must focus on court procedure and interpreting for court proceedings. A court proceeding can be civil, criminal, or juvenile and includes, but is not limited to, arraignments, mediations, court mandated arbitrations, depositions, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

DARS DHHS must approve court interpreter training courses. Training courses may be provided by:

  • a military, public, or private educational facility; or
  • other providers approved by DARS DHHS.

Court interpreter training must be related to court proceedings as described above and include at least:

  • 16 clock hours on criminal law process;
  • 16 clock hours on civil law process;
  • 8 clock hours on legal terminology; and
  • 8 clock hours on ethical practices for court interpreters.

Contact the DARS DHHS office for information on training opportunities.