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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:

  • Receive a passing score on the Ethics Test based upon the Code of Professional Responsibility for Interpreters in the State Court System.
  • Complete the Orientation Program, including filing a notarized affidavit agreeing to be bound by the Code of Professional Responsibility.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English and in a language other than English for which you interpret. Language Proficiency Guidelines

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.

Court Interpreter Ethics Training & Testing

The first step to joining the MN Court Interpreter Program is attending our ethics training and testing.  Interpreters who want to work in Minnesota state courts must attend a three-hour ethics training session and receive a passing score on the Ethics Exam to be added to the Minnesota Statewide Roster of Court Interpreters.  The Ethics Exam is based on the Code of Professional Responsibility for Interpreters

The Spring of 2014 Court Interpreter Ethics Training and Exam has been cancelled. Watch this website for announcement of the date of next Ethics class.

New Court Interpreter Orientation

Interpreters who have passed the Ethics Exam 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. 

The Spring of 2014 Court Interpreter Orientation Class has been cancelled. Watch this website for announcement of the date of next class.

A special Court Interpreter Orientation and Ethics Exam Program will be held on August 23rd & 24th, 2014 for interpreters currently in high demand in the Minnesota Courts based on specific language ability.

Interpreters of the following languages only are eligible for this program and encouraged to attend:

  • Anuak
  • Burmese
  • Chuukese
  • Dinka
  • Igbo
  • Karen, Pwo Eastern
  • Karen, S’gaw
  • Karenni
  • Krahn, Western
  • Liberian English
  • Mam
  • Nepali
  • Nuer
  • Tibetan
  • Urdu

Registration and additional information

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