Train to be a court interpreter

HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Judiciary is seeking individuals who speak English and another language, as well as certified sign language interpreters, to become court interpreters.

Court interpreters are independent contractors and not Judiciary employees. They assist the courts in providing access to justice to court customers with limited English proficiency. Depending on their performance on written and oral exams, court interpreters are paid $25 to $55 per hour with a two-hour minimum.

A two-day workshop, which is a mandatory requirement for the position, will be held on Kauai on March 5-6 at the Kauai courthouse in Lihue.

The deadline to register is Jan. 31. Registration forms are available on the Judiciary’s website and from the Office on Equality and Access to the Courts at (808) 539-4860.

The workshop registration fee is $50 (valued at $150).

In addition to successfully completing the workshop, persons seeking to become a court interpreter must pass a written English proficiency exam, court interpreter ethics exam, and criminal background check.

Info: Office on Equality and Access to the Courts, (808) 539-4860

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