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National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators


NAJIT Position Paper:

Preparing Interpreters in Rare Languages


General Guidelines for Interpreted Court Proceedings

National Center for State Courts

(includes Voir dire and sample Interpreter Oath)



Recommended Guidlines for Video Relay Interpreting (VRI) for ASL-Interpreted Events


Sample Interpreter’s Oath

Do you solemnly swear or affirm that you will interpret  accurately, completely and impartially, follow all official  guidelines established by this court for legal interpreting or  translating, and discharge all of the duties and obligations  of legal interpretation and translation?


RID Standard Practice Paper: Interpreting in Legal Settings



National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers

Legal Interpreting Project



Deaf Inmates Sue for Access to Interpreters  May 2011



WA state

Sean Duffy v. Riveland  1992    

"The settlement provided for the creation of a new Washington Department of Corrections

policy governing treatment of disabled inmates, including provisions relating to providing

certified interpreters to hearing impaired inmates...required the defendants to provide

hearing-impaired inmates with a qualified interpreter at quasi-judicial proceedings."  Retrieved 5/10/11



Form to Request an Interpreter for WA state Courts/

Juvenile Court:

Washington state Request for Reasonable Accommodation


  2. Enter Request for Reasonable Accommodation in the Search box

  3. Select #1: Request for Reasonable Accommodation (form GR 33)


Washington State Courts


Who provides Interpreters for Court Ordered treatment in WA state?

See RCW 2.42  Interpreters in Legal Proceedings



Standards for Sign Language Interpreters in Washington Courts


American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters

RCW Chapter 2.42 secures the rights of deaf and hearing impaired persons to interpreters. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters are certified by national organizations including the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). ASL interpreters are not certified specifically for court interpreting, but certification (RID: SC: L [Specialist Certificate: Legal]) is available for interpreting in legal situations.


State law directs courts to obtain certified ASL interpreters through the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) or other community center referral service. ODHH maintains a list of approved interpreters, both certified and not.


Courts are encouraged to use ASL interpreters who have a Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID): SC:L (Specialist Certificate: Legal). Courts should use the RID Find an Interpreter service to find SC:L interpreters.


If an SC:L interpreter is not available, the court should obtain an interpreter with an NIC, NAD V or a CI/CT certification.


LEP case 2010

ATLANTA – The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled today that defendants
with limited English proficiency (LEP) have a constitutional right to
court interpreters in criminal trials. The ruling came in a case in
which the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Georgia and
Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC) filed a
friend-of-the-court brief asserting that denying LEP defendants
interpreters violates the U.S. Constitution and civil rights laws.

"The court acknowledged that we don't have two systems of justice in
this country – one for English-speakers and another for everyone
else," said Azadeh Shahshahani, Director of the National
Security/Immigrants' Rights Project at the ACLU of Georgia. "The
constitutional guarantee of due process applies to everyone in this
country, not just fluent English-speakers."

The ACLU's brief can be found online at:

The court's decision can be found at:

Interpreters play bigger role in local courts  1/5/12

NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct
  • Confidential communication
  • Professional skills and knowledge
  • Appropriate conduct
  • Respect for consumers
  • Respect for colleagues, interns, students
  • Ethical business practices
  • Ongoing professional development