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Foreign Language Interpreters

 

Certified 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:

    1. 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.
    2. 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

 

 Certified Interpreters and Provisionally Certified Interpreters

 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
collapse Language : Arabic ‎(9)
Darwiche, MariamHamiltonOntario905-389-3226905-741-2554Arabic10/2012
Elsayed, Dr. AhmedLivoniaMI313-247-8576313-461-3644Arabic10/2004
Fadel, ZiadDearbornMI313-584-1900313-269-7525Arabic8/2009
HagelAgib, ElsadigEast LansingMI517-677-1011Arabic4/2001
Haimour, MuhannadDearbornMI313-581-3258Arabic9/2002
Hannawi, KamalDearbornMI313-485-1616Arabic10/2007
Hatem, ShukriehDearbornMI313-737-8778313-562-9039Arabic3/2006
Hijazeen, RaniaNoviMI248-880-6650Arabic4/2006
Mostafa, ElsayedBloomfield HillsMI248-855-0129248-945-3400Arabic10/2007
collapse Language : French ‎(1)
Messina, JoanieWarrenMI248-217-5071French10/2014
collapse Language : Japanese ‎(1)
Suzuki, IzumiNoviMI248-344-0909248-343-9102Japanese6/2003
collapse Language : Mandarin ‎(3)
Chen, YiGoodrichMI810-275-7997Mandarin10/2014
Keller, JeffreyRestonVA269-267-0108Mandarin9/2011
Stephens, Marlena MarieTorranceCA310-882-1906Mandarin4/2012
collapse Language : Polish ‎(1)
Smal, PawelChicagoIL773-858-1252Polish8/2009
collapse Language : Russian ‎(3)
Bromberg, JinnyHamtramckMI313-871-0080248-929-1444Russian9/2004
Jesionowski, IraidaBloomfieldMI248-217-1515248-289-6122Russian8/2009
Krushelnitskaya, AnnaAnn ArborMI734-355-5897734-677-0581Russian8/2008
collapse Language : Spanish ‎(36)
Acosta Wolf, NellySt. JosephMI269-921-3874269-983-3522Spanish11/2002
Alfaro, ArturoClarkstonMI248-842-9004248-391-6166Spanish10/2014
Bazzi, ReinaPlymouthMI734-765-8477248-320-7308Spanish11/2003
Bos, DonnaGrandvilleMI616-443-6770Spanish5/2010
Brubaker-Salcedo, TamaraGrand RapidsMI616-460-3126Spanish1/2002
Bueno, SusannahSouth BendIN574-286-8931574-291-2875Spanish10/2007
Camargo, HenryWest BloomfieldMI248-736-3501248-737-7224Spanish9/2011
Carbajal, KristieCaledoniaMI616-550-8243Spanish3/2005
Casillas, KevinLincoln ParkMI313-461-3669Spanish3/2005
Chavez, LauraAlbuquerqueNM575-652-7035575-520-0484Spanish8/2011
De la Rosa-Sherman, MercedesKentwoodMI616-634-0945269-685-6010Spanish9/2008
Dickmon, TimothyPortageMI269-569-1288269-324-4303Spanish6/2004
Doezema Steinhauser, RuthBenton HarborMI269-926-4391269-519-3930Spanish5/2008
Donohue, EllenEast LansingMI517-712-2449517-332-8925Spanish12/2000
Feijoo Negron, SandraSpanish11/2002
Fernandez de Cordova, MauricioEast LansingMI517-712-2447517-332-8925Spanish10/2004
Fiszman-Kirsch, MargieWest BloomfieldMI248-568-0455248-626-1726Spanish8/2013
Gialdi, MariaRochesterMI248-342-5511248-475-2299Spanish6/2003
Gomez, XicoBirminghamMI248-593-7262248-709-1693Spanish5/2010
Hein, LauraRochesterMI248-495-3236248-608-0724Spanish6/2011
Hernandez, EmmaCantonMI269-365-4422734-398-0543Spanish10/2012
Hollow, LuluRoyal OakMI248-548-6733248-259-8421Spanish11/2003
Kilpatrick, Maria TeresaNew HudsonMI253-347-3316248-329-1101Spanish2/2010
Laurence, PeterCamarilloCA805-402-7087805-402-8385Spanish10/2007
Lepeley, CynthiaToledoOH419-292-1515419-705-5212Spanish2/2012
Longley, MariaBloomfield HillsMI248-540-9210248-978-6265Spanish12/2000
Melo, SamuelFort WayneIN260-494-7134Spanish9/2007
Morcote, VictoriaTraverse CityMI231-620-5983787-948-1605Spanish10/2004
Nicholson, NancyAnn ArborMI734-255-7446734-997-0720Spanish3/2005
O'Donnell, PaulGrosse pointe ParkMI313-473-8100248-346-4136Spanish8/2010
Pacheco, ErandyLake OrionMI586-365-9907248-246-0507Spanish8/2013
Reinhold, GloriaAnn ArborMI734-272-3138Spanish9/2006
Rybaski, AdrianaMarneMI616-485-1030616-677-3334Spanish8/2010
Stanley, SandraHudsonvilleMI616-581-6797616-896-1787Spanish8/2009
Vigoa-Cardet, LissyLansingMI517-204-1665Spanish6/2006
Villarruel, EvelynLivoniaMI734-634-0882248-888-8024Spanish6/2004

Qualified Interpreters

A person who has registered with the State Court Administrative Office and passed  the written examination meets the requirements established by the state court administrator for classification as a qualified foreign language interpreter under Michigan Court Rule 1.111(A)(7).  The rule further requires the court to conduct voir dire to determine that the individual is competent to provide interpretation services for the proceeding in which the interpreter is providing services.


The following are the names of individuals who have passed the written examination only and are considered qualified by the State Court Administrative Office to interpret court proceedings subject to voir dire.

 

 Qualified Interpreters for Languages with an Available Test

 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
collapse Language : Arabic ‎(14)
Baranowski, PaolaGrosse Pointe WoodsMI248-891-5858313-882-9963Arabic3/2014
Elsebaei, YasserFarmington  MI248-250-1508Arabic8/2013
Habbal, RatibCantonMI248-390-5910Arabic11/2008
Kattouah, NashwaWixomMI248-219-0508248-557-4646Arabic6/2011
Khoury, JimCantonMI734-812-7944Arabic7/2014
Nafsu, WejdanWaterfordMI248-462-4141248-618-0034Arabic6/2011
Nassif, WalidDearbornMI313-598-0000313-433-1294Arabic8/2013
Noor, NoureldinDearbornMI313-858-1475313-898-4499Arabic3/2014
Rahal, SamerahDearborn HeightsMI313-617-0540Arabic3/2007
Salman, HasanDearbornMI313-333-2421Arabic3/2011
Shamo, BasharSterling HeightsMI586-933-3897586-264-1881Arabic8/2013
Shamoon, FouratFarmington HillsMI248-770-4681Arabic3/2011
Sorisho, MumtazOakland TownshipMI248-904-0218248-345-0832Arabic3/2008
Tolla, SammerSterling HeightsMI586-344-6665586-303-7538Arabic8/2013
collapse Language : Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian ‎(3)
Andjelkovic, LMHC, LPC , AleksandraGrosse PointeMI313-240-8688248-613-4471Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian7/2014
Perovic, AgimFarmington HillsMI248-565-7808Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian3/2014
Thorne, AlmaWarrenMI313-506-2339313-506-2003Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian2/2010
collapse Language : Cantonese ‎(1)
Hang, FangCantonMI734-306-2890Cantonese8/2013
collapse Language : French ‎(9)
Baranowski, PaolaGrosse Pointe WoodsMI248-891-5858313-882-9963French3/2014
Corkery, MargarethNorthvilleMI248-231-5767248-427-1365French3/2008
Dickens-Hale, JeannetteWest BloomfieldMI313-618-4531French6/2011
George, JenniferFarmington HillsMI248-346-3571French3/2014
Nsengiyumva, LeopoldKalamazooMI269-330-8724269-978-8515French3/2015
Olbrys, Kim-HaoBloormfield TownshipMI248-379-3480248-626-8675French8/2007
Sanders, Jean-FrancoisNorthvilleMI760-219-9796248-449-1775French6/2013
Sarr, Fatou-SeydiDetroitMI313-529-6294French3/2014
Williamson, ElizabethPort HuronMI248-628-4744French3/2014
collapse Language : Haitian-Creole ‎(1)
Corkery, MargarethNorthvilleMI248-231-5767248-427-1365Haitian-Creole3/2008
collapse Language : Hmong ‎(1)
Yang, LangRichvilleMI989-239-4758989-882-9104Hmong3/2012
collapse Language : Korean ‎(7)
Cho, TheresaTroyMI248-818-3386Korean3/2014
Kim, ChinAnn ArborMI734-646-1310734-996-0155Korean3/2014
Monroe, SunaOkemosMI517-648-5679517-347-3654Korean3/2011
Parker, SylviaAnn ArborMI734-330-0116Korean3/2014
Seo, Hee JinTroyMI248-250-9053Korean6/2009
Sunwoo, SunnyNoviMI734-545-3339734-649-2460Korean3/2011
Um, JasonNoviMI734-649-2460734-545-3339Korean3/2011
collapse Language : Lao ‎(1)
Tasma, PoowanatToledoOH419-973-4995419-464-9757Lao3/2012
collapse Language : Mandarin ‎(3)
Chyn, ChristinaBloomfield HillsMI248-322-6800248-912-5577Mandarin6/2013
Huang, JudyTroyMI248-703-4131Mandarin6/2011
Mann, Stephanie Ruey-YehBeverly HillsMI248-808-7881Mandarin8/2013
collapse Language : Polish ‎(5)
Dabrowski, HenrykGrosse Pointe  MI313-417-9092Polish6/2009
Finney, PaulinaRoyal OakMI248-404-8320248-246-3623Polish3/2009
Huk-Glaeser, AnnaGrosse Pointe WoodsMI586-484-1701Polish3/2011
Levosinski, GeorgeLake OrionMI248-690-7801248-392-3089Polish3/2015
Szajnert, MariuszTroyMI248-689-0180Polish3/2014
collapse Language : Portuguese ‎(1)
Sanders, Jean-FrancoisNorthvilleMI760-219-9796248-449-1775Portuguese6/2013
collapse Language : Russian ‎(4)
Mydzian, TatyanaWest BloomfieldMI716-507-2861248-716-9030Russian3/2014
Paremsky, ElenaWilliamstonMI517-575-7123517-655-1226Russian7/2014
Petukhova, ValeriaAnn ArborMI734-629-7088Russian3/2014
Sherman, BellaAnn ArborMI734-320-9559Russian3/2012
collapse Language : Spanish ‎(50)
Bantau, VictoriaNew BostonMI734-301-5724734-770-2723Spanish6/2011
Bello, PabloGrand RapidsMI616-570-2002Spanish6/2009
Bonesatti, DiegoEast LansingMI517-802-8019517-721-1514Spanish7/2014
Borkholder, PhilipVicksburgMI269-501-4348269-649-4348Spanish3/2008
Caceres, RicardoAuburn HillsMI248-619-6261248-481-2006Spanish3/2012
Camacho, SergioAdrianMI517-264-4651517-264-4652Spanish3/2014
Castillo, JoseGrand RapidsMI616-238-4569616-724-0496Spanish3/2015
Cattivera, VeronicaClinton TownshipMI586-219-4706586-226-0863Spanish8/2013
Chain, VeronicaDimondaleMI517-646-0441805-296-6222Spanish8/2013
Clopatofsky, IrinaSpringfieldMI269-660-8056Spanish3/2012
Davis, HannahGrosse Pointe ParkMI313-649-3302Spanish8/2013
Dickens-Hale, JeannetteWest BloomfieldMI313-618-4531Spanish6/2011
Fuehring, KathyHartMI231-873-5409Spanish3/2014
Garcia, GracielaFennvilleMI616-283-1952269-543-3164Spanish3/2009
Gizzarelli, JaniceBloomfield HillsMI248-464-4192Spanish3/2009
Hannawi, KamalDearbornMI313-485-1616Spanish10/2007
Harrington, EllenWest BloomfieldMI248-890-6590Spanish7/2014
Hernandez, AngelicaWoodhavenMI734-675-6034734-552-5680Spanish3/2014
Joaquin, VictorGrand RapidsMI616-914-6760Spanish3/2014
Krueger, CatherineAnn ArborMI313-980-3833Spanish7/2014
Ledon, CharoAnn ArborMI734-883-0277734-213-5396Spanish3/2011
Martell, AngieAnn ArborMI734-369-2331734-548-0654Spanish3/2014
McCarville, DanielBloomfield HillsMI248-790-0311Spanish7/2014
Mercedes-Santiago, LoriPortageMI269-385-6279269-830-5381Spanish6/2012
Merritt, StevenFarmington HillsMI734-546-1751248-851-5078Spanish3/2014
Moigis, WitholdBloomfield HillsMI248-540-9210248-978-6265Spanish6/2008
Montero, VivianKalamazooMI269-553-3304269-599-2653Spanish3/2014
Munoz, RobertoDearbornMI313-336-7761Spanish6/2011
Needham, BeverlyFlintMI313-293-3282810-234-4533Spanish3/2009
Nissani, EricFarmington HillsMI248-444-8447Spanish8/2007
Noteboom, AdriannaGrand RapidsMI217-722-0523Spanish11/2013
Operti, LeoBloomfield HillsMI248-540-9210Spanish7/2014
Pallero-Luiso, SaraSterling HeightsMI248-931-1474586-247-1004Spanish3/2008
Perez, PatrickGrand RapidsMI616-822-0565Spanish6/2013
Potapa, ClaraMiddlevilleMI616-204-5753Spanish6/2010
Reed, SusanKalamazooMI269-492-7196Spanish3/2014
Romero, EduardoGrand RapidsMI616-589-4764616-427-3035Spanish3/2014
Rubio, GabrielHollandMI616-392-5358646-566-6078Spanish3/2015
Rubio-Godoy, MagdalenaHollandMI616-392-5358646-566-6079Spanish3/2015
Ruiz, JoseHowellMI517-918-2836Spanish3/2007
Sanders, Jean-FrancoisNorthvilleMI760-219-9796248-449-1775Spanish6/2013
Spade, JoAnnAdrianMI517-264-4655517-266-9898Spanish3/2014
Ucros, InesRiverviewMI734-673-4562734-282-6212Spanish3/2012
Ugalde, Jr., RaymondColoma Charter TownshipMI248-709-5995Spanish3/2014
Valdes, AyinGrand RapidsMI616-245-7327Spanish3/2008
Vega, JesusNorthvilleMI734-383-6831Spanish7/2014
Villarreal, SusanaGrand RapidsMI616-389-7819Spanish3/2015
Villarruel, RafaelLivoniaMI734-634-0447248-888-8024Spanish7/2014
Yasin, FehmiCantonMI313-401-8933Spanish3/2015
Yasin, HashemWestlandMI313-444-3027734-394-7891Spanish6/2011
collapse Language : Tagalog ‎(1)
Tchou, TeresitaDetroitMI313-533-3085313-815-1300Tagalog3/2014
collapse Language : Vietnamese ‎(4)
Le, PhuocMacombMI714-363-6015714-997-7659Vietnamese6/2012
Mitchell, MaiWyomingMI616-530-5817616-485-3066Vietnamese3/2007
Nguyen, PhuYpsilantiMI734-330-0319734-485-1336Vietnamese8/2007
Olbrys, Kim-HaoBloormfield TownshipMI248-379-3480248-626-8675Vietnamese8/2007

 

 

 Qualified Interpreters for Languages with No Available Test

 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
collapse Language : Albanian ‎(1)
Perovic, AgimFarmington HillsMI248-565-7808Albanian3/2014
collapse Language : Assyrian ‎(1)
Tolla, SammerSterling HeightsMI586-344-6665586-303-7538Assyrian8/2013
collapse Language : Azeri ‎(1)
Sadeghi, AzarAnn ArborMI734-904-1010Azeri7/2014
collapse Language : Bengali ‎(1)
Sharif, TahminaBelmontMI616-635-9702616-874-8909Bengali3/2012
collapse Language : Chaldean ‎(3)
Nafsu, WejdanWaterfordMI248-462-4141248-618-0034Chaldean6/2011
Sorisho, MumtazOakland TownshipMI248-904-0218248-345-0832Chaldean3/2008
Tolla, SammerSterling HeightsMI586-344-6665586-303-7538Chaldean8/2013
collapse Language : Dari ‎(1)
Sadeghi, AzarAnn ArborMI734-904-1010Dari7/2014
collapse Language : Farsi ‎(2)
Sadeghi, AzarAnn ArborMI734-904-1010Farsi7/2014
Shidfar, ShahriarPinckneyMI734-846-1284Farsi3/2015
collapse Language : Hindi ‎(2)
Hussain, ArifYpsilantiMI734-812-2873734-337-3318Hindi8/2007
Sharif, TahminaBelmontMI616-635-9702616-874-8909Hindi3/2012
collapse Language : Italian ‎(1)
Petetta Argentieri, PatriziaRichmond HeightsOH216-235-1579Italian2/2013
collapse Language : Kinyarwanda ‎(1)
Nsengiyumva, LeopoldKalamazooMI269-330-8724269-978-8515Kinyarwanda3/2015
collapse Language : Kirundi ‎(1)
Nsengiyumva, LeopoldKalamazooMI269-330-8724269-978-8515Kirundi3/2015
collapse Language : Kiswahili ‎(1)
Nsengiyumva, LeopoldKalamazooMI269-330-8724269-978-8515Kiswahili3/2015
collapse Language : Punjabi ‎(1)
Hussain, ArifYpsilantiMI734-812-2873734-337-3318Punjabi8/2007
collapse Language : Romanian ‎(1)
Bos, DonnaGrandvilleMI616-443-6770Romanian5/2010
collapse Language : Sereer ‎(1)
Sarr, Fatou-SeydiDetroitMI313-529-6294Sereer3/2014
collapse Language : Swahili ‎(1)
Nsengiyumva, LeopoldKalamazooMI269-330-8724269-978-8515Swahili3/2015
collapse Language : Taiwanese ‎(3)
Chyn, ChristinaBloomfield HillsMI248-322-6800248-764-8423Taiwanese6/2013
Huang, JudyTroyMI248-703-4131Taiwanese6/2011
Mann, Stephanie Ruey-YehBeverly HillsMI248-593-0995248-808-7881Taiwanese8/2013
collapse Language : Thai ‎(1)
Tasma, PoowanatToledoOH419-973-4995419-464-9757Thai3/2012
collapse Language : Turkish ‎(1)
Sadeghi, AzarAnn ArborMI734-904-1010Turkish7/2014
collapse Language : Ukrainian ‎(2)
Mydzian, TatyanaWest BloomfieldMI716-507-2861248-716-9030Ukrainian3/2014
Sherman, BellaAnn ArborMI734-320-9559Ukrainian3/2012
collapse Language : Urdu ‎(2)
Hussain, ArifYpsilantiMI734-812-2873734-337-3318Urdu8/2007
Sharif, TahminaBelmontMI616-635-9702616-874-8909Urdu3/2012
collapse Language : Wolof ‎(1)
Sarr, Fatou-SeydiDetroitMI313-529-6294Wolof3/2014

 

 

 Court Interpreter Firms

 
  
  
  
  
  
Access Language Solutions LLCGrandvilleMI616-443-6770616-532-5187
Accurate Interpreters, LLCGrand RapidsMI616-460-3126
Acumen Capital Associates, Inc.HamtramckMI313-506-2339313-506-2003
Advance Interpretations, LLCDearborn HeightsMI313-617-0540
American Interpreters and Research ServicesLivoniaMI313-247-8576
Associated Language ConsultantsGrand RapidsMI616-245-7327
Bromberg & Associates, LLCHamtramckMI313-871-0080248-929-1444
Executive Language ServicesBloomfield HillsMI248-357-0625
Fidelity Language Resources LLCGrand RapidsMI616-443-6770
Five Star LanguagesBloomfield HillsMI248-884-3078
Hispanic American CouncilKalamazooMI269-385-6279
Hispanic Center of Western MichiganGrand RapidsMI616-742-0194616-304-5782
Legal Inc.WestlandMI734-394-7891313-444-3027
Liaison LinguisticsGrand RapidsMI616-249-1696616-560-8492
Linguistica InternationalWest JordanUT801-262-4550
MML Inc.Bloomfield HillsMI248-540-9210248-978-6265
Pallero TranslationsSterling HeightsMI248-931-1474586-247-1004
Suzuki, Myers & Associates, Ltd.NoviMI248-344-0909248-343-9102
University Translators Services, LLCAnn ArborMI734-665-7295734-604-9140
Voices Around The WorldTroyMI248-288-6440248-217-0128
Worldwide Interpreters, LLCRochester HillsMI248-705-9363248-652-8086

​Staff Contact

Stacy Westra

Language Access Coordinator

E-mail: languageaccess
@courts.mi.gov

(517) 373-6670