Interpreter and Translator Services is a unit of the Superior Court Operations Division. It was established to serve the Judicial Branch in court-related proceedings at no cost to the parties. One of the goals of the unit is to ensure meaningful access to the courts by providing qualified interpreting and translation services to persons with limited English proficiency and to court staff in all court and court-related proceedings.
|Upcoming Written Exam Dates||Final Date to Register|
|October 15, 2015||October 1, 2015|
|January 15, 2016||January 1, 2016|
|April 15, 2016||April 1, 2016|
|July 15, 2016||July 1, 2016|
|October 15, 2016||October 1, 2016|
The Consortium Oral Examination typically consists of four sections:
To pass the Certification examination, a candidate must have a minimum total average test score of 70% on each of the four individual test sections. The exam must be passed in its entirety in one sitting.
Reciprocity / Other Accepted Credentials
Any candidate who provides proof of Written and Oral Certification test results from any jurisdiction that is a member of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Consortium for Language Access in the Courts will be awarded reciprocity and his or her test results will be applied toward full certification by the Connecticut Judicial Branch if Interpreter and Translator Services determines that the test results were obtained under conditions which meet or exceed interpreter testing and certification practices of the State of Connecticut, Judicial Branch.
Any interpreter candidate who obtains written and oral certification from the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AOUSC) will be considered certified by the State of Connecticut, Judicial Branch.
Any candidate who is awarded reciprocity or recognition of test results from another jurisdiction is required to follow the steps outlined in How to Qualify to become a Court-Appointed Interpreter, with the exception of taking the Written Examination and Oral Screening/Qualifying Examination, in order to qualify to work as an interpreter for the State of Connecticut, Judicial Branch.
Positive certification status with the Judicial Branch is not a guarantee of employment.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
|If you fail this ...||then:|
|The Consortium Written English Examination, or the Spanish Translation component of the Written Examination||You may re-take it after six months or more have passed.|
|The Oral Screening/Qualifying Examination from English into another language||You may re-take it after six months or more have passed.|
|The Consortium Ethics Examination||You may re-take it after you have studied Ethics resources, and whenever you feel ready to do so.|
|The Consortium Oral Examination||You may re-take it after 10 months or more have passed.|
|Hourly Positions||As of September, 2015, pay begins at $17.23/hour, with a four-hour minimum. Some mileage is paid. Eligibility for group health insurance (medical and dental) is attained after having worked more than 60 days on a half time schedule during 4 bi-weekly periods. If elected within 30 days of hire, group term life insurance begins after six months of employment.|
As of June 26, 2015, in accordance with collective-bargaining agreements, pay begins at:
Resources for New Candidates for Written Examination
Contact Information Sheet - MS Word | PDF
Overview of the Consortium Written Examination
CT Judicial Branch Glossary of Legal Terminology: Most Frequently Used Terms PDF
Translation Component PDF
Resources for Spanish-language Candidates
CT Judicial Branch Glossary of Legal Terminology: English to Spanish PDF
Resources Related to Ethics
Code of Professional Responsibility for Court Interpreters of the Connecticut Judicial Branch PDF
Resources for Candidates Seeking Full Certification
Overview of the Consortium Written Exam PDF
Overview of the Oral Certification Exam PDF
General List of Interpreting Resources
The National Association of Judicial Interpreters and Translators
National Center for State Courts, Court Interpretation
The Interpreters Division of The American Translator’s Association
Contact Us - For more information about interpreting for the Connecticut Judicial Branch, send your questions to:
E-mail: Interpreter.Employment@jud.ct.gov (Preferred)
Mail: Connecticut Judicial Branch, Interpreter & Translator Services
90 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106
Attention: Interpreter Employment
Fax: (860) 706-5088
Attention: Interpreter Employment