JUDICIAL BRANCH MEMBERS:
In order to meet our interpreter needs, we are asking your help in sharing information on the upcoming Interpreter Orientation. The Interpreter Orientation will be September 14th and 15th in Omaha, NE. If you know of interpreters, bi-lingual acquaintances who may be interested in court interpreting, or multicultural organizations in your communities, please give them this link: http://www.supremecourt.ne.gov/5018/interpreter-training-and-testing-schedule or share a copy of the printable version.
In spite of real progress in our interpreter program over the past few years, we continue to face challenges in providing qualified interpreters for many languages, and have a shortage of Spanish Certified Interpreters in some areas of the state.
You may also give persons interested in court interpreting Dana Ceradsky’s name and contact information firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-471-1402.
If you will send the name of prospective interpreters, their contact information and language(s) spoken to Dana, we will invite your contact to orientation and answer any questions they may have.
Certification as a court interpreter requires successful completion of 3 steps:
- Attend a 2-day interpreter orientation. This provides an introduction to the courts, ethics, vocabulary, talents and skills needed to pass the certification oral examination and assume the responsibilities of a court interpreter.
- Pass a written English comprehension exam.
- Pass an oral examination of the interpreter’s sight, consecutive and simultaneous interpreting skills.
The tests for certification are available in Arabic, Cantonese, French, Haitian-Creole, Hmong, Korean, Laotian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Interpreters of other languages can be provisionally certified under Nebraska Supreme Court Rules based upon their education and experience.
Thank you for any help you can give us in meeting your needs for court interpreters.
Sheryl Connolly, Trial Court Services Director
Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation