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Court interpreter applicants wanted for orientation workshop


Applications are being accepted for the next state court interpreter orientation workshop to be held on each of the major islands in February and March.

Completion of the two-day workshop is one of the mandatory requirements of becoming a court interpreter for the Hawaii State Judiciary.

The workshop registration fee is $85. A grant from the Hawaii Women’s Legal Foundation and Hawaii Friends of Justice and Civic Education is being used to lower the cost from the original $120 fee.

The two-day orientation workshop will be held on:

* Oahu: Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19

* Kona: Wednesday, Feb. 22 and Thursday, Feb. 23

* Maui: Tuesday, Feb. 28 and Wednesday, Feb. 29

* Kauai: Thursday, March 8 and Friday, March 9

* Hilo: Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16

Application forms are available on the Judiciary’s website at:

Applications are also available from the Office on Equality and Access to the Courts at 539-4860.

Certified sign language interpreters are also encouraged to apply.

In addition to successfully completing the orientation workshop, persons seeking to become a state court interpreter must pass a written English proficiency exam, a court interpreter ethics exam, and clear a criminal background check.

Court interpreters work on a freelance basis as independent contractors in criminal and certain civil cases when parties or witnesses are unable to hear, understand, speak or use English sufficiently.

Depending on their performance on written and oral exams, court interpreters are paid between $25 to $55 per hour with a two-hour minimum.

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