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Registration Open for 2018 Court Interpreter Orientation Workshops

Posted on Jan 8, 2018 in News & Reports, Press Releases

HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Judiciary is seeking individuals who speak English and another language, as well as certified sign language interpreters to become court interpreters. Register today for one of the workshops, which is a mandatory requirement to become a Judiciary court interpreter.

The two-day workshops will be held:
Oahu:  Feb. 24-25 or March 24-25 at the Supreme Court Building in downtown Honolulu
Kauai:  Feb. 13-14 at the Kauai Courthouse in Lihue
Maui:  Feb. 28-March 1 at the Maui Driver Education Office in the Main Street Promenade Building
Hawaii Island (Kona):  March 6-7 at the Kona Driver Education Office in the Kealakekua Business Plaza
Hawaii Island (Hilo):  March 15-16 at the Hilo Courthouse

The deadline to register is January 31. Registration forms are available on the Judiciary’s website and from the Office on Equality and Access to the Courts at 808-539-4860.

The workshop registration fee is only $50, thanks to support from the State Office of Language Access. (The workshop would have cost $150.)

In addition to successfully completing the workshop, persons seeking to become a court interpreter must pass a written English proficiency exam, court interpreter ethics exam, and criminal background check.

Court interpreters are independent contractors and not Judiciary employees. They assist the courts in providing access to justice to court customers with limited English proficiency. Depending on their performance on written and oral exams, court interpreters are paid $25 to $55 per hour with a two-hour minimum.

For more information, contact the Office on Equality and Access to the Courts at 808-539-4860.

For more information, contact the public affairs office at 808-539-4909 or via email at pao@courts.hawaii.gov.

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