Foreign Language Interpreters
The State Court Administrative Office certifies foreign language interpreters. Courts may use provisionally or fully certified interpreters to comply with the court rule requirement to use a certified interpreter.
Persons who want to be certified as foreign language interpreters in Michigan’s courts must pass two tests demonstrating their abilities to interpret. The two tests are:
- a written examination demonstrating English proficiency and knowledge of general courtroom procedures. A person must pass the written examination to be eligible to take the oral examination.
- an oral examination consisting of:
- sight translation of a document from English to a target language and from that target language to English;
- consecutive interpretation from English to a target language and from that target language to English; and
- simultaneous interpretation from English to a target language and from that target language to English.
A person who has passed all three portions of the oral exam is fully certified. A person who has passed the sight translation and either the consecutive interpretation portion or simultaneous interpretation portion of the oral examination is considered provisionally certified.