A certified court interpreter must be able to interpret simultaneously and consecutively and provide sight translation from English to the language of the non-English-speaking person and from the language of that person into English. An interpreter will be eligible for certification upon establishing to the satisfaction of the State Court Administrator that he or she has:
(A) Reached the age of 19;
(B) Had no past convictions or pending criminal charges, either felony or misdemeanor, which are deemed by the Supreme Court to evidence moral turpitude, dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. Disposition of criminal charges other than by acquittal or dismissal (e.g., pretrial diversion) may also be the basis for denial of certification;
(C) Completed the orientation approved by the State Court Administrator;
(D) Achieved a passing score (80 percent or higher) on a written examination administered by the State Court Administrator; and
(E) Achieved a passing score (70 percent or higher on each segment) on the oral certification examination (Consortium oral certification examination) administered or approved by the State Court Administrator as described in § 6-704(E). If an interpreter shall have received a passing score of 70 percent on any of the three segments of a previous Consortium oral certification examination that was administered within the last 3 calendar years, the passing grade shall be honored and the applicant shall not be required to repeat that segment of a current examination.
(F) In addition, any interpreter possessing a Federal Court Certified Court Interpreter Certificate, a Court Interpreter Certification Certificate from any state which is a member of the National Center for State Court’s Consortium for Language Access in the Courts, formerly known as the Consortium for State Court Interpreter Certification, or a sign language Specialist Certificate Legal (SC:L) for interpreters that are fully certified (CI/CT, NIC Master or NIC Advanced, CSC, or CDI) or provisional legal certificate (CLIP) is recognized as a certified court interpreter.
(G) To maintain certified status, court interpreters must comply with continuing education requirements as outlined in § 6-709. Failure to complete recognized continuing education shall be grounds for removal of the interpreter’s name from the list of Nebraska Certified Court Interpreters.
[Originally numbered as] Rule 3(C)–(E) amended September 17, 2003. Renumbered and codified as § 6-704, effective July 18, 2008; § 6-704 renumbered to § 6-705 and amended October 21, 2009; § 6-705(G) adopted May 16, 2012, effective July 1, 2012.