LINCOLN – The Nebraska Supreme Court announces that two interpreters have successfully passed the oral certification exam, and now qualify as Nebraska Supreme Court Certified Court Interpreters. Both are certified for interpretation in the Spanish language.
Interpreter Ashley Freyer of Omaha will take her oath as a Certified Court Interpreter on September 10, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. during a ceremony at Douglas County City/County Building in Omaha, presided over by Judge Susan Bazis. Interpreter Dean McConkey of Altamonte Springs, Florida will remain in his position as Circuit Court Staff Interpreter in Florida.
The Nebraska Supreme Court created the Court Interpreter Training and Certification Program to further the Court’s goal of providing access to justice to everyone, regardless of the language they speak. Using court-trained interpreters, the Judicial Branch is able to ensure that individuals receive a fair opportunity to explain their case and fully participate in court proceedings.
Freyer and McConkey join 36 previously Nebraska-certified Spanish Language court interpreters, along with one Mandarin/Chinese interpreter, one Cantonese, one Russian, and eight sign-language interpreters who have successfully passed the certification requirements for their respective languages.
The Nebraska Supreme Court Certified Court Interpreter Program continues to grow while furthering the Court’s devotion to fairness and equality to everyone, regardless of language barriers.
For more information regarding the state interpreter program, contact Sheryl Connolly at the Office of the State Court Administrator, 402-471-3730.