Becoming a New Jersey Court Interpreter in a Spoken Language
Persons who wish to become an approved court interpreter and work in New Jersey's court system must follow three main steps:
Court interpreting is a profession that demands high levels of knowledge, skills, and abilities.
The Court Interpreter Approval Program currently consists of the following requirements, which must be completed in the order in which they appear below and are subject to change at any time. Candidates credentialed elsewhere should review the Reciprocity Policy.
- 2. Complete the Orientation Seminar
i. Send a request to the Language Services Section, including proofs of having completed whatever training you believe may be equivalent to the seminar.
ii. The Language Services Section (LSS) will carefully review the request and notify the candidate of its conclusion via e-mail
No oral exam in your language?
After successfully completing the Court Interpreter Approval Program, candidates are eligible to be included in the New Jersey Judiciary's Registry of On-site Interpreting Resources Eligible candidates will receive an invitation to register and must:
- 2. Complete the Judiciary registration forms
- Register with NJSTART
- Fill out an Individual Registration Form
Judiciary registration forms must be sent to:
Language Services Section
Administrative Office of the Courts
Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex
PO Box 988
Trenton, NJ 08625-0988
Language Services will send you a PSSW after confirming your Division of Revenue registration and receiving your judiciary registration forms. The PSSW is executed annually and should be carefully read since it outlines the specifics of the contractual agreement, including the compensation rates and cancellation policy.