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 City Phone Email
Akateco, Q'anjobal, Chuj Victor Enrique Lopez Diego Other Los Angeles, CA 213-725-6567 mayaspirit55@gmail.com
Akateco, Chuj, Q'anjobal Juan de Juan Mateo Other Los Angeles, CA 213-247-4247 brllense55@att.net
Chuukese Jill Short Registered Charlotte Hill, MD 240-346-0932 chuukesetranslator@gmail.com
Chuukese Marcus Dipwek Other Beaverton, OR 503-593-0156 apinamw@gmail.com
Czech Petr Hoferek Other Omaha, NE 402-203-2816 p1hoferek@aol.com
Slovak, Czech Adam Zahradnik Other Malaysia, 6012-988-0638 adam.zahradnik89@gmail.com
Deaf Interpreter Kim Davis Other Lincoln, NE 402-405-8786 kjdavis2007@gmail.com
Deaf Interpreter Carol Manning Other Omaha, NE 402-216-6487 TEXT ONLY cmanningxc@gmail.com
Dinka, Sudanese Arabic Elizabeth Ajongo Other Omaha, NE 402-301-0904 ebajongo@gmail.com
Dinka, Juba Arabic, Nuer, Sudanese Arabic Joseph Jok Other San Diego, CA 619-850-6242 joseph_jok@yahoo.com
Dinka, Sudanese Arabic Dhalbeng Malual Other Bellevue, NE 402-315-8549 dhalbeng@me.com
German, Dutch, Hebrew Daniel Bugel-Shunra Other Port Townsend, WA 360-643-0080 daniel@shunra.net
Mina, Ewe, French Etornam "Kiki" Kouete Other Bennington, NE 402-813-4239 kikikouete@yahoo.com
French Frederique Sevet-Collier Certified Crete, NE 531-248-9756 FredSevet@hotmail.com
Arabic, French Sarah Al Kasaby Other Omaha, NE 402-517-1662 sarah@kinterpret.com
French Amine El Fajri Other Salt Lake City, UT 801-326-9525 fajri2000@hotmail.com
Mina, Ewe, French Etornam "Kiki" Kouete Other Bennington, NE 402-813-4239 kikikouete@yahoo.com
French, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Swahili Jacques Mucapa Other Lincoln, NE 402-805-3674 m_jacques2001@yahoo.fr
French Bryan Watkins Other Omaha, NE 402-990-9717 monsieurlechevalier@pm.me
Fur (Dar Fur), Juba Arabic, Sudanese Arabic, Nuba Moro Estella Abuelsheikh Other Grand Island, NE 308-379-8823 Estella_Abuelsheikh@yahoo.com
German, Dutch, Hebrew Daniel Bugel-Shunra Other Port Townsend, WA 360-643-0080 daniel@shunra.net
German, Romanian Ioana Paulat Other Portland, OR 360-421-7523 ioana_paulat@comcast.net
German, Portuguese, Russian Andrej Schergin Other Omaha, NE 402-469-7100 andrejschergin@gmail.com
Greek Ellie Koteas Other Astoria, NY 917-704-7513 koteasekdirect@aol.com
Hindi, Gujarati Shivani Patel Other Omaha, NE 402-490-3124 spatel_india@hotmail.com

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