The Maryland Court Interpreter Program is committed to providing the Maryland Judiciary with highly qualified and trained interpreters to ensure equal access to justice to all limited English proficiency individuals who seek it. More information about the services provided can be found at http://www.courts.state.md.us/courts/courtlanguageservices.html.
The Court Interpreter Program conducts training workshops, testing, and continuing education classes for court interpreters. Certification exams are offered in Arabic, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Cantonese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.
The Maryland Judiciary maintains a Court Interpreter Registry. All listed interpreters are either Certified or Eligible. Certified interpreters have passed an oral interpreter certification examination which tests their language and interpreting skills in 3 modes: Sight, Consecutive, and Simultaneous. At a minimum, all eligible interpreters have passed a written examination and may have passed an oral proficiency interview (OPI) in the foreign language and English.
To request a spoken language interpreter, please submit a Request for Spoken Language Interpreter (Form CC-DC41) to the court in which the case will be heard. Please provide the court with sufficient time to obtain the spoken language interpreter services. To request forms, please contact the Clerk's Office at 410-228-0481. Other inquiries should be directed to 410-228-6300.