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Roster Listing Requirements

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Minnesota Roster Requirements

Interpreters who complete the requirements listed below are eligible to work for the state courts and may be listed on the Statewide Roster of Court Interpreters available to court administrators throughout Minnesota and on the Internet.  To be eligible to work in the Minnesota state court system, all interpreters, whether certified or registered elsewhere, must:

  • Achieve a passing score on the English Proficiency multiple choice test.
  • Successfully complete the New Interpreter Orientation Program.
  • Achieve a passing score on the multiple choice Ethics and Legal Terminology test based in part on the Code of Professional Responsibility for Interpreters in the State Court System.
  • Submit a written, notarized affidavit with the State Court Administrator's Office agreeing to comply with the Code of Professional Responsibility for Interpreters in the Minnesota State Court System.

Sign Language Interpreters must additionally be certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) or National Association for the Deaf (NAD) before being included on the statewide roster with one or more of the following certifications: CI and CT, CSC, NAD V, CDI or CDI-provisional.


English Proficiency Testing

The first step toward joining the MN Court Interpreter Program is to achieve a passing score of 80% on part one of the multiple choice English proficiency test provided by the National Center for State Courts.

Watch this website for announcement of dates and locations for the next English proficiency test opportunity.


New Court Interpreter Orientation

Interpreters who have passed the English proficiency test are welcome to attend our two-day Orientation Program for Court Interpreters, a mandatory step in joining the Minnesota Court Interpreter Roster.  This orientation program provides Court Interpreters an introduction to the Minnesota Judicial system, describes the role of court interpreters, identifies common legal terms and teaches interpreters skill building techniques. 

Watch this website for announcement of the date of next class in the Spring of 2015.


Court Interpreter Ethics Training & Testing

Interpreters who want to be added to the Minnesota Statewide Roster of Court Interpreters must attend a three-hour ethics training session and receive a passing score of 80% on the Ethics and Legal Terminology multiple choice test.  The test is part two of the written test provided by the National Center for State Courts and based also on the Code of Professional Responsibility for Interpreters

Watch this website for announcement of the date of next Ethics class in the Spring of 2015.

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