Court Interpreter Services
Recognizing the need for assistance in the area of equal access in Missouri trial courts, the Access to Justice Program provides the following services to the courts:
Foreign Language Court Interpreters
By law, courts shall appoint a qualified foreign language interpreter in all legal proceedings in which a non-English speaking person is a party or a witness (Section 476.803.1, RSMo). Advise the court directly when services are needed so that they have adequate time to schedule qualified service providers.
To assist the courts in providing qualified interpreters, a certification program based on the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Consortium for Language Access in the Courts was implemented in 2000. Courts are encouraged to use certified interpreters who are impartial and unbiased, and who will render a complete and accurate interpretation of the proceedings. The NCSC website includes important information about court interpreting and the Consortium.
Although certification is offered in 16 languages, only individuals in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French and Russian have passed the test in Missouri as of July 2013: Certification List.pdf
Missouri Foreign Language Court Interpreter Program
To be added to the mailing list for notification of interpreter certification events scheduled for Missouri or ask questions, please contact: Office of State Courts Administrator, Access to Justice Program, (573) 751-4377, or e-mail your contact information with your postal mailing address to Access2Justice.
The attached documents provide candidates with important information to prepare for the certification tests.
- Missouri Foreign Language Court Interpreter Handbook.pdf
- Oral Exam Candidate Information Booklet.pdf
For more information about court interpreting and this process, go to the National Center for State Courts website.
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