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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 ‎(6)
Elsayed, Dr. AhmedLivoniaMI313-247-8576313-461-3644Arabic10/2004
Fadel, ZiadDearbornMI313-584-1900313-269-7525Arabic8/2009
HagelAgib, ElsadigColdwaterMI517-677-1011Arabic4/2001
Hannawi, KamalDearbornMI313-485-1616Arabic10/2007
Hatem, ShukriehDearbornMI313-737-8778Arabic3/2006
Hijazeen, RaniaNoviMI248-880-6650Arabic4/2006
collapse Language : French ‎(1)
Messina, JoanieWarrenMI248-217-5071French10/2014
collapse Language : Japanese ‎(1)
Suzuki, IzumiNoviMI248-344-0909248-343-9102Japanese6/2003
collapse Language : Mandarin ‎(2)
Ralph, WeiGoodlettsvilleTN615-498-6539Mandarin6/2010
Tang, DiEast LansingMI517-580-2052Mandarin10/2015
collapse Language : Russian ‎(3)
Andrusevich, AlexanderTorontoOntario, Canada647-367-6522616-438-0572Russian10/2015
Bromberg, JinnyWest BloomfieldMI313-871-0080248-929-1444Russian9/2004
Jesionowski, IraidaBloomfieldMI248-217-1515248-289-6122Russian8/2009
collapse Language : Spanish ‎(28)
Alfaro, ArturoClarkstonMI248-842-9004248-391-6166Spanish10/2014
Bazzi, ReinaCommerceMI734-765-8477Spanish11/2003
Bos, DonnaGrandvilleMI616-443-6770Spanish5/2010
Brubaker-Salcedo, TamaraGrand RapidsMI616-460-3126Spanish1/2002
Camargo, HenryWest BloomfieldMI248-736-3501248-737-7224Spanish9/2011
Casillas, KevinLincoln ParkMI313-461-3669Spanish3/2005
De la Rosa-Sherman, MercedesGrand HavenMI616-634-0945269-685-6010Spanish9/2008
Doezema Steinhauser, RuthBenton HarborMI269-926-4391269-519-3930Spanish5/2008
Donohue, EllenEast LansingMI517-712-2449Spanish12/2000
Feijoo Negron, SandraSpanish11/2002
Fernandez de Cordova, MauricioEast LansingMI517-712-2447Spanish10/2004
Fiszman-Kirsch, MargieWest BloomfieldMI248-568-0455248-626-1726Spanish8/2013
Gialdi, MariaRochesterMI248-342-5511248-475-2299Spanish6/2003
Gomez, XicoBirminghamMI248-709-1693248-593-7262Spanish5/2010
Hein, LauraRochesterMI248-495-3236248-608-0724Spanish6/2011
Hollow, LuluRoyal OakMI248-548-6733248-259-8421Spanish11/2003
Kilpatrick, Maria TeresaNew HudsonMI253-347-3316248-329-1101Spanish2/2010
Laurence, PeterCamarilloCA805-402-7087805-402-8385Spanish10/2007
Ledon, CharoAnn ArborMI734-213-5396Spanish6/2016
Lepeley, CynthiaToledoOH419-292-1515419-705-5212Spanish2/2012
Longley, MariaBloomfield HillsMI248-540-9210248-978-6265Spanish12/2000
Morcote, VictoriaTraverse CityMI231-620-5983231-392-1757Spanish10/2004
Nicholson, NancyAnn ArborMI734-997-0720Spanish3/2005
O'Donnell, PaulGrosse pointe ParkMI313-473-8100248-346-4136Spanish8/2010
Pacheco, ErandyLake OrionMI586-365-9907Spanish8/2013
Reinhold, GloriaAnn ArborMI734-272-3138Spanish9/2006
Rybaski, AdrianaMarneMI616-485-1030Spanish8/2010
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)
Bahri, ShawkiSterling HeightsMI586-254-7453586-219-7371Arabic7/2015
Charif, WajdiCantonMI313-573-0080Arabic4/2016
Elsebaei, YasserFarmington  MI248-250-1508Arabic8/2013
Habbal, RatibCantonMI248-390-5910Arabic11/2008
Hermiz, YousifWest BloomfieldMI248-766-2204248-851-9636Arabic3/2016
Jolagh, KennethSt. Clair ShoresMI248-497-6236248-996-0813Arabic3/2012
Kattouah, NashwaWixomMI248-219-0508248-557-4646Arabic6/2011
Khoury, JimCantonMI734-812-7944Arabic7/2014
Nafsu, WejdanWaterfordMI248-462-4141Arabic6/2011
Nassif, WalidDearbornMI313-598-0000313-433-1294Arabic8/2013
Rahal, SamerahDearborn HeightsMI313-617-0540Arabic3/2007
Salman, HasanDearbornMI313-333-2421Arabic3/2011
Sorisho, MumtazOakland TownshipMI248-904-0218248-345-0832Arabic3/2008
Yasin, HashemInksterMI313-444-3027734-394-7891Arabic6/2011
collapse Language : Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian ‎(2)
Andjelkovic, LMHC, LPC , AleksandraMI313-444-6830Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian7/2014
Thorne, AlmaWarrenMI313-506-2339313-506-2003Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian2/2010
collapse Language : Cantonese ‎(2)
Hang, FangCantonMI734-306-2890Cantonese8/2013
Tang, DiEast LansingMI517-580-2052Cantonese7/2015
collapse Language : French ‎(6)
Amaazee, ElizabethHamiltonOH513-612-0582French7/2015
Dickens-Hale, JeannetteWest BloomfieldMI313-618-4531French6/2011
Nsengiyumva, LeopoldKalamazooMI269-330-8724269-978-8515French3/2015
O'Donnell, PaulGrosse Pointe ParkMI313-473-8100248-346-4136French2/2010
Olbrys, Kim-HaoBloormfield TownshipMI248-379-3480248-626-8675French8/2007
Williamson, ElizabethPort HuronMI810-841-9660248-977-0333French3/2014
collapse Language : Hmong ‎(1)
Yang, LangRichvilleMI989-239-4758989-882-9104Hmong3/2012
collapse Language : Korean ‎(3)
Cho, TheresaTroyMI248-747-3082Korean3/2014
Han, JoannLake OrionMI248-758-8031Korean3/2016
Kim, ChinAnn ArborMI734-646-1310734-996-0155Korean3/2014
collapse Language : Laotian ‎(1)
Tasma, PoowanatLivoniaMI419-973-4995Laotian3/2012
collapse Language : Mandarin ‎(3)
Chyn, ChristinaBloomfield HillsMI248-912-5577248-322-6800Mandarin6/2013
Huang, JudyTroyMI248-703-4131Mandarin6/2011
Mann, Stephanie Ruey-YehBeverly HillsMI248-808-7881Mandarin8/2013
collapse Language : Polish ‎(2)
Lojewska, MartynaClawsonMI248-906-5126Polish7/2015
Szajnert, MariuszTroyMI248-689-0180Polish3/2014
collapse Language : Russian ‎(2)
Mydzian, TatyanaWest BloomfieldMI716-507-2861248-716-9030Russian3/2014
Sherman, BellaAnn ArborMI734-320-9559Russian3/2012
collapse Language : Spanish ‎(47)
Bello, PabloGrand RapidsMI616-570-2002Spanish6/2009
Bonesatti, DiegoEast LansingMI517-802-8019Spanish7/2014
Borkholder, PhilipVicksburgMI269-501-4348Spanish3/2008
Boyd, RalonAnn ArborMI734-642-5664810-232-4100Spanish7/2016
Caceres, RicardoAuburn HillsMI248-619-6261248-635-1727Spanish3/2012
Ceballo-Hernandez, HelenGrand RapidsMI917-837-9913Spanish3/2016
Charif, WajdiCantonMI313-573-0080Spanish6/2016
Clopatofsky, IrinaBattle CreekMI269-660-8056Spanish3/2012
Denoyer, JacquelinePortageMI269-615-5966Spanish7/2015
Dickens-Hale, JeannetteWest BloomfieldMI313-618-4531Spanish6/2011
Dickmon, TimothyPortageMI269-569-1288269-324-4303Spanish6/2004
Dominguez, RosaCaroMI989-429-3516989-286-3339Spanish3/2016
Francisco, GracielaGrand RapidsMI313-330-0460Spanish3/2016
Fuehring, KathyHartMI231-873-5409Spanish3/2014
Gizzarelli, JaniceBloomfield HillsMI248-464-4192Spanish3/2009
Grathwohl, MarshallNilesMI269-683-5474269-845-9250Spanish7/2015
Hannawi, KamalDearbornMI313-485-1616Spanish10/2007
Hernandez, AngelicaWoodhavenMI734-675-6034734-552-5680Spanish3/2014
Hernandez, EmmaCantonMI269-365-4422734-398-0543Spanish6/2012
Joaquin, VictorGrand RapidsMI616-914-6760Spanish3/2014
McCarville, DanielBloomfield HillsMI248-790-0311Spanish7/2014
McNulty, AlsionRockfordMI616-914-4135Spanish7/2016
Mendez, AshleyVan Buren CountyMI269-436-4592Spanish7/2016
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, BeverlyFlintMI313-293-3282Spanish3/2009
Nissani, EricFarmington HillsMI248-444-8447Spanish8/2007
Ochoa, GracielaFennvilleMI616-283-1952269-543-3164Spanish3/2009
Operti, LeoBloomfield HillsMI248-540-9210248-978-6265Spanish7/2014
Pallero-Luiso, SaraSterling HeightsMI248-931-1474586-247-1004Spanish3/2008
Perez, PatrickGrand RapidsMI616-822-0565Spanish6/2013
Preston, RichardLansingMI517-290-7246517-482-4380Spanish3/2016
Reyes, StellaPontiacMI248-343-0152248-338-9631Spanish6/2008
Romero, EduardoGrand RapidsMI616-589-4764Spanish3/2014
Rubio, GabrielHollandMI616-392-5358646-566-6078Spanish3/2015
Rubio-Godoy, MagdalenaHollandMI616-392-5358646-566-6079Spanish3/2015
Saldivar, JosefinaGrandvilleMI616-261-1861Spanish3/2016
Ucros, InesRiverviewMI734-673-4562734-282-6212Spanish3/2012
Ugalde, Jr., RaymondSt. JosephMI248-709-5995Spanish3/2014
Vega, JesusWashingtonDC734-383-6831Spanish7/2014
Villarreal, SusanaGrand RapidsMI616-389-7819Spanish3/2015
Villarruel, RafaelDetroitMI248-888-8024Spanish7/2014
Vivian, AntoniaRochester HillsMI248-321-4434Spanish7/2016
Wilson, TylerLansingMI810-347-5566Spanish7/2016
Yasin, HashemInksterMI734-394-7891734-377-9175Spanish6/2011
collapse Language : Tagalog ‎(1)
Tchou, TeresitaDetroitMI313-533-3085313-815-1300Tagalog3/2014
collapse Language : Vietnamese ‎(6)
Dang, Adrian-OanhWyomingMI616-262-0320616-560-8492Vietnamese7/2016
Le, PhuocMacombMI714-363-6015Vietnamese6/2012
Olbrys, Kim-HaoBloormfield TownshipMI248-379-3480248-626-8675Vietnamese8/2007
Pham, AnneByron CenterMI616-490-0570616-335-0909Vietnamese8/2007
Tran, Nguyet AnhGrand RapidsMI616-581-7356616-560-8492Vietnamese3/2016
Tran, ThuyGrand RapidsMI616-365-3792616-249-1696Vietnamese7/2016

 

 

 Qualified Interpreters for Languages with No Available Test

 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
collapse Language : Albanian ‎(1)
Myftari, SuzanaTroyMI248-217-0128248-288-6440Albanian3/2015
collapse Language : Aramaic ‎(1)
Jolagh, KenSt. Clair ShoresMI248-497-6236248-996-0813Aramaic3/2012
collapse Language : Azeri ‎(1)
Sadeghi, AzarAnn ArborMI734-904-1010Azeri7/2014
collapse Language : Bengali ‎(1)
Sharif, TahminaGermantownMD616-635-9702Bengali3/2012
collapse Language : Chaldean ‎(5)
Bahri, ShawkiSterling HeightsMI586-254-7453586-219-7371Chaldean7/2015
Hermiz, YousifWest BloomfieldMI248-766-2204248-851-9636Chaldean3/2016
Nafso, KavinTroyMI248-835-4551Chaldean3/2016
Nafsu, WejdanWaterfordMI248-462-4141Chaldean6/2011
Sorisho, MumtazOakland TownshipMI248-904-0218248-345-0832Chaldean3/2008
collapse Language : Dari ‎(1)
Sadeghi, AzarAnn ArborMI734-904-1010Dari7/2014
collapse Language : Farsi ‎(1)
Sadeghi, AzarAnn ArborMI734-904-1010Farsi7/2014
collapse Language : French-Creole ‎(1)
O'Donnell, PaulGrosse Pointe ParkMI313-473-8100248-346-4136French-Creole2/2010
collapse Language : Fuchainese ‎(1)
Mann, Stephanie Ruey-YehBeverly HillsMI248-808-7881Fuchainese8/2013
collapse Language : Gege ‎(1)
Myftari, SuzanaTroyMI248-217-0128248-288-6440Gege3/2015
collapse Language : Hindi ‎(3)
Ahmad, KhalidWest BloomfieldMI248-686-4042248-229-3235Hindi3/2016
Hussain, ArifYpsilantiMI734-812-2873734-337-3318Hindi8/2007
Sharif, TahminaGermantownMD616-635-9702Hindi3/2012
collapse Language : Italian ‎(1)
Vivian, AntoniaRochester HillsMI248-321-4434Italian7/2016
collapse Language : Japanese ‎(1)
Watanabe, YasuoFarmington HillsMI248-561-1920248-432-7631Japanese3/2015
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 ‎(2)
Ahmad, KhalidWest BloomfieldMI248-686-4042248-229-3235Punjabi3/2016
Hussain, ArifYpsilantiMI734-812-2873734-337-3318Punjabi8/2007
collapse Language : Romanian ‎(2)
Bos, DonnaGrandvilleMI616-443-6770Romanian5/2010
Tet, AnamariaBloomfield HillsMI248-346-3069Romanian8/2013
collapse Language : Swahili ‎(1)
Nsengiyumva, LeopoldKalamazooMI269-330-8724269-978-8515Swahili3/2015
collapse Language : Taiwanese ‎(3)
Chyn, ChristinaBloomfield HillsMI248-912-5577248-322-6800Taiwanese6/2013
Huang, JudyTroyMI248-703-4131Taiwanese6/2011
Mann, Stephanie Ruey-YehBeverly HillsMI248-808-7881Taiwanese8/2013
collapse Language : Thai ‎(1)
Tasma, PoowanatLivoniaMI419-973-4995Thai3/2012
collapse Language : Tosk ‎(1)
Myftari, SuzanaTroyMI248-217-0128248-288-6440Tosk3/2015
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 ‎(3)
Ahmad, KhalidWest BloomfieldMI248-686-4042248-229-3235Urdu3/2016
Hussain, ArifYpsilantiMI734-812-2873734-337-3318Urdu8/2007
Sharif, TahminaGermantownMD616-635-9702Urdu3/2012

 

 

 Court Interpreter Firms

 
  
  
  
  
  
7C LingoLansingMI517-337-2700
Access Languages, Inc.Royal OakMI248-424-4800
Accurate Interpreters, LLCGrand RapidsMI616-460-3126
Advance Interpretations, LLCDearborn HeightsMI313-617-0540
American Interpreters and Research ServicesLivoniaMI313-247-8576
Associated Language ConsultantsWyomingMI616-245-7327616-293-3292
Bromberg & Associates, LLCHamtramckMI313-871-0080248-929-1444
Executive Language ServicesBloomfield HillsMI248-613-7454248-302-1062
Fidelity Language Resources LLCGrand RapidsMI616-443-6770
Five Star LanguagesBloomfield HillsMI248-884-3078
Hispanic Center of Western MichiganGrand RapidsMI616-742-0194616-828-9679
Language Line Services, Inc.MontereyCA831-648-5819800-752-6096
Liaison LinguisticsGrand RapidsMI616-249-1696616-560-8492
MML Inc.Bloomfield HillsMI248-540-9210248-978-6265
MRG-TranslationsHollandMI616-392-5358616-566-6078
Nona Agency, LLCSterling HeightsMI586-604-2864586-795-3300
Pallero TranslationsSterling HeightsMI248-931-1474586-247-1004
Ready Made Language ResourcesChicagoIL312-663-4445708-288-8752
Speak Easy LanguagesPlymouthMI734-459-5556
Suzuki, Myers & Associates, Ltd.NoviMI248-344-0909
University Translators Services, LLCAnn ArborMI734-665-7295734-604-9140
Worldwide Interpreters, LLCRochester HillsMI248-705-9363

​Staff Contact

Stacy Westra

Language Access Coordinator

E-mail: languageaccess
@courts.mi.gov

(517) 373-6670