Court Interpreter Orientation April 17-18, 2021 in Lincoln

Court Interpreter Orientation April 17-18, 2021 in Lincoln

Friday, March 19, 2021

Since 1973 the Nebraska Supreme Court has recognized language access as necessary to providing justice, ensuring people who cannot speak English or are deaf or hearing-disabled have equal access to participate in cases in Nebraska State Courts.  Language access provided by Nebraska Court Interpreters to court proceedings and probation services may have a lasting and life-altering impact upon a Limited English Proficient (LEP) court user and his or her family.

Court interpreter certification is an earned professional credential.  Certification is proof of

  • Substantial language skills in both English and a second language,
  • Broad knowledge of English terms and court-related vocabulary, and
  • Verified ability to accurately interpret in a wide range of registers and subject matters.  

Those who successfully certify as court interpreters have a native-like proficiency in both English and another language, allowing them to move seamlessly between two languages. 

The first step toward certification is Court Interpreter Orientation, an intensive 2-day in-person introduction to the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for successful court interpretation.   

The next Court Interpreter Orientation is April 17-18, 2021, at Judicial Branch Education.  The registration form is available on the Judicial Branch website; the workshop costs $150.00.  Registration and payment are due no later than April 1, 2021.

Photo: In 2019 approximately 212,101 Nebraska residents spoke a language other than English at home.  Source:  U.S. Census Bureau, American Communities Survey.