What is a court interpreter?

A court interpreter is a sworn officer of the court that provides impartial and confidential language services during a court or court-related proceeding. An interpreter must render a complete and accurate interpretation or sight translation by reproducing in the target language the closest natural equivalent of the source language message without altering, omitting, or adding anything to the meaning of what is stated or written, and without explanation. Spoken language court interpreters interpret for parties that speak or understand little or no English. Sign Language interpreters interpret for all parties who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

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1. What is a court interpreter?
2. What is the difference between a court interpreter and a translator?
3. What should I expect when using an in-person court interpreter?
4. What should I expect when using a telephonic court interpreter?
5. Will the conversation between an attorney and his client remain confidential?
6. How do I request an interpreter for my court proceeding?
7. What is the cancellation policy for interpreter services requested?
8. What does it take to become a court interpreter?
9. I’m interested in becoming a court interpreter, what do I do?
10. Is there a roster to find qualified interpreters?
11. Who do I contact if I am a person with a disability who needs assistance to participate in a court proceeding, program or service?