Statewide Register of Interpreters

Statewide Register of Interpreters

Court Staff, Probation Staff and Court-Ordered Mediation

If an interpreter is needed during business hours, court and probation personnel need to email all interpreter requests to the Operations Team with the county name in the subject line.  Court and probation personnel should not be contacting the interpreters directly and scheduling interpreter services. The only exception is for unplanned probation needs outside of normal business hours.

The initial request needs to contain all the following information:

  • Language
  • Date
  • Start time of all court ordered meetings/hearings or probation activities
  • Name
  • Case Number
  • Charges
  • Courtroom #
  • Hearing Type
  • Judge's Name
  • Attorney's Name and/or PO's Name
  • Meeting Type (PSI, PDI, FTM…)
  • Expected Duration
  • Address where the interpreter needs to go
  • Contact person info

Court personnel should follow this formal request process even if the judge or clerk magistrate asked the interpreter on the record if they are available for the next court date.  This will ensure the Language Access Program can confirm an interpreter has been scheduled and ensure they are paid for their services. ​

Attorneys

The Language Access Program does not pay interpreters used to facilitate communication between an attorney and client outside of the hearing.  Interpreters can assist with brief conversations if time allows.  As a rule, attorneys should contract with interpreters when they need to meet with their clients to discuss their case, court processes, and strategy.  Use the Statewide Register of Interpreters to reach out to the interpreters for their current rates and availability. 

“To address these needs, the Nebraska Legislature, under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 and LB1014, set aside $500,000 in federal funds for Fiscal Years 2022-23 and 2023-24 to reimburse expenses incurred in the provision of qualified, licensed sign language interpreters (whether on-site or remote) throughout the state (including Lincoln and Omaha) to provide effective communication access services between attorneys and deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing individuals outside of the courtroom.”  Click here for more information or contact the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  

Mental Health Board Hearings, Non-Court Ordered Mediation and State agencies

The Language Access Program does not pay for the interpreter when they are needed for Mental Health Board hearings, non-court ordered mediation or by other state agencies.  Use the Statewide Register of Interpreters to reach out to the interpreters for their current rates and availability.  

Workers Compensation Court

The Language Access Program will pay for the interpreter, but it is the employer’s obligation to schedule the interpreter.  Use the Statewide Register of Interpreters to find and secure an interpreter.  Please note that the Nebraska Supreme Court rule on interpreter payment rate must be adhered to, otherwise payment may be denied.    

Language Name Type Citysort descending Phone Email
Hmong Naima Lo Other Omaha, NE 402-208-6546 Lonaima89@gmail.com
Hindi, Gujarati Shivani Patel Other Omaha, NE 402-490-3124 spatel_india@hotmail.com
Burmese, Karen Starbright Judson Other Omaha, NE 531-777-2066 sbright1990@gmail.com
Oromo, Amharic Ashenafi Ejjigu Other Omaha, NE 651-399-2230 ashenafigoshu@yahoo.com
Spanish Lilia Bustos Certified Omaha, NE 402-218-8915 liliabustosinterpreter@gmail.com
Thai Chinnapat Wirachakul Other Omaha, NE 402-319-7610 cwirachakul@gmail.com
Arabic, Sudanese Arabic Tara Trindle Other Omaha, NE 402-649-1352 t.trindle@yahoo.com
Korean Lee Pankowski Other Omaha, NE 402-250-2652 leepankowski@gmail.com
Spanish Tara Jackson-Sanchez Registered Omaha, NE 402-321-9228 tarasanchez@me.com
Spanish Olivia Brockman Certified Omaha, NE 402-238-4397 Olivia.brockman@nebraska.gov
Chinese Mandarin Leslie Shi Other Omaha, NE 402-617-4876 shiyunzhe123@gmail.com
Russian Tatyana Novikov Other Omaha, NE 402-996-0802 tnovikov@unomaha.edu
Chinese Cantonese, Chinese Mandarin Bin Xu Other Omaha, NE 402-697-8388 bxunew@gmail.com
Czech Petr Hoferek Other Omaha, NE 402-203-2816 p1hoferek@aol.com
Kisii, Mai Mai, Somali, Swahili Abukar Madimba Other Omaha, NE 402-917-2078 Madimbaa@yahoo.com
French Bryan Watkins Other Omaha, NE 402-990-9717 monsieurlechevalier@pm.me
Tamil Premnath Singh Hukumsingh Other Omaha, NE 713-927-0070 hpremnath@yahoo.com
American Sign Language Jamy Elker Certified Omaha, NE 402-203-3905 jelkerterp@gmail.com
Burmese, Karen Morics Moo Other Omaha, NE 402-871-9991 moricsmoo@gmail.com
Spanish Carmen Novoa Registered Omaha, NE 402-203-5833 clnovoa826@gmail.com
Spanish Janet Bonet Certified Omaha, NE 402-598-4186 janetbonet@outlook.com
Spanish Constanza Meier Certified omaha, NE 402-631-8480 Consegmeier@hotmail.com
Deaf Interpreter Carol Manning Other Omaha, NE 402-216-6487 TEXT ONLY cmanningxc@gmail.com
Chinese Mandarin Claudio Huang Certified Omaha, NE 402-671-9808 chuangoppd@yahoo.com
Q'anjobal Ramirez De Ramirez-Juan Other Omaha, NE 660-233-2242 ramjua2@gmail.com

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