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
(see the Court Interpreter Roster tab on this page) 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:
Sign Language Interpreters
- 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.
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.
Interpreters on the Roster prior to May 2015
are required, based on a new Statewide Policy (513c), to take and pass the Written Exam developed by the National Center for State Courts before January 2016.
- Registration is now open for interpreters on the roster to take the test in St Paul at William Mitchell College of Law. You can choose from one of the following testing dates: June 6th at 9 am, June 9th at 5:30 pm, June 22nd at 5:30 pm and June 27th at 9:30 am.
- Registration is now open for interpreters living in the Rochester area to take the test on May 9th at 1 pm at the University of Minnesota Rochester. Space is limited and preference will be given to interpreters living the Rochester area or southern part of Minnesota.
- Registration is now open for interpreters living in the St. Cloud area to take the test on May 30th at 10 am at the St. Cloud Technical & Community College. Space is limited and preference will be given to interpreters living the St. Cloud area or northern part of Minnesota.
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
The English Proficiency Written Test for new interpreters is scheduled for July 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm at the Minnesota Judicial Center in St. Paul. Registration is required.
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 Summer 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 Summer of 2015.
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