Court Interpreter Services provides high-quality mandated linguistic access to the Oregon State Courts through trained ethical interpreters, education of the court community, and responsible resource management.
Court Interpreter Services (CIS) coordinates interpreting services in Oregon circuit courts for people with limited English-proficiency in more than 150 languages and for the hearing-impaired. To provide interpreting in most judicial districts statewide, the Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) employs schedulers and full-time Oregon Certified Spanish and ASL interpreters and contracts with freelance interpreters. CIS also offers training and consulting on best practices and on working with interpreters to Oregon circuit courts and judicial system partners. Quality interpreting and administrative efficiency are ensured through coordination between CIS and the circuit courts.
CIS trains interpreters of all languages in the Code of Professional Responsibility for Oregon Court Interpreters, court ethics and protocols. Over 100 interpreters of Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese and other languages are currently certified or registered through the OJD/CIS Certification and Training Program. The OJD/CIS maintains a roster of Oregon Certified and Registered Court Interpreters for those who wish to verify an interpreter’s credential or to hire a certified or registered interpreter for out-of-court work.