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Court language interpreter seminar set for March 9-10 in Jackson

January 11, 2023

The Mississippi Administrative Office of Courts is seeking bilingual speakers willing to train and qualify as credentialed court interpreters.

An Ethics and Skill Building Seminar will be held March 9-10 at the Gartin Justice Building, 450 High Street in Jackson. The seminar registration deadline is March 1.

Three dates are available to take the written examination for the Court Interpreter Credentialing Program: Feb. 3, April 7 and June 9. The deadline to register to take the written exam is one week before the exam date. All exams begin at 10 a.m. at the Gartin Justice Building in Jackson. The February test date is for those who have previously completed an Ethics and Skill Building Seminar offered by AOC. Persons interested in pursuing AOC certification must complete an Ethics and Skill Building Seminar before sitting for the written exam.

The registration form for the March 9-10 Ethics and Skill Building Seminar is at this link: https://courts.ms.gov/aoc/courtinterpreter/forms/2023Registration%20Form.pdf. The $125 registration fee includes the seminar and a box lunch both days.

The registration form to take the written exam is at this link: https://courts.ms.gov/aoc/courtinterpreter/forms/2023%20Written%20Exam%20Application.pdf.

Candidates to become court interpreters must already be fluent in English and a second language, and must develop an understanding of legal terms and court proceedings.

Participation in the Ethics and Skill Building Seminar is the first step in the Mississippi Court Interpreter Credentialing Program which trains, tests and certifies individuals who wish to serve as court interpreters. The seminar will introduce the candidates to requirements for foreign language interpreting in court settings. The seminar will cover the role of the court foreign language interpreter, ethical requirements, modes of interpretation and credentialing requirements.

The AOC developed the Mississippi Court Interpreter Credentialing Program to assist state courts in providing equal access to justice for people of limited English proficiency (LEP). AOC provides all state courts with a roster of credentialed foreign language interpreters who have demonstrated proficiency in interpretation of court proceedings.

For more information, please contact Language Access Coordinator Deenie Miller at 601-359-4469 or deenie.miller@courts.ms.gov.

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