Payment Rates for Spoken and Sign Language Interpreters
Under the Court Interpreter Certification Program, effective July 1, 2007, payment rates for spoken and sign language interpreters follows the fee schedule outlined in the following two documents:
- Tiers of Designation (graphic)
- Appendix A of the Hawai’i Rules for Certification of Spoken and Sign Language Interpreters (text)
Court Interpreter Certification Program Application for Reciprocity
In the Court Interpreter Certification Program Application Form, you may request the Judiciary to waive respective components required under the Hawai’i State Judiciary Court Interpreter Certification Program, based on completion of equivalent components conducted or administered by other private or public entities, including those listed on the Application Form. Your application for reciprocity will be considered by the Judiciary on a case-by-case basis and requires full documentation of any and all credential(s).
Effective July 1, 2013, the Judiciary has made mileage reimbursement available to court interpreters. Court interpreters may claim reimbursement for mileage expenses at a rate of $0.55 per mile for the actual miles traveled to and from the interpreter’s home address and interpreting assignment site(s).
Claims must be included on the “Invoice for Interpreting Services” form and timely submitted to the proper Court for processing. Mileage reimbursement claims will ONLY be processed if a physical home address is recorded with the Judiciary’s Office on Equality and Access to the Courts. Interpreters claiming mileage reimbursement who do not currently have a physical home address on file with the Office on Equality and Access to the Courts, MUST submit a signed, written letter providing a physical home address via mail or hand-delivery to:
Office on Equality and Access to the Courts
426 Queen Street, B17
Honolulu, HI 96813
Payment Rates for Translation
Translators are paid a translation fee of $0.14 per word for legal documents and $0.11 per word for non-legal documents. These fees are based on routine translation assignments of a court document in English. These fees do not apply to work for which an interpreter is already being paid the hourly fee for interpreting services.