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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.
Watch this website for announcement of the date of next Ethics class in the Spring of 2015.
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.
Watch this website for announcement of the date of next class in the Spring of 2015.
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