Payment Information

The Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) requires that freelance interpreters use an OJD Interpreter Billing Statement for invoicing purposes. Click here to access the Billing Statement in PDF format, or here for a fillable Excel Document.

We can now accept signed billings via mail, fax, or email. An original signature on a hard copy is no longer required. Please submit billings using only one method to avoid duplicates.

Additional Information for Freelance Interpreters

Code of Professional Responsibility

As an interpreter working for the OJD, you are bound by the "Code of Professional Responsibility for Interpreters in the Oregon Courts." Oregon Statute requires that every person who interprets in Oregon courtrooms be familiar with and comply with the Code. Please read it here:

Required Criminal Background Check and Consent for Personal Information Release

The Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) requires all interpreters pass a criminal background check and submit a Consent for Personal Information Release form.  

 As a matter of ethics and public trust, and in order to ensure protection and security for the courts, every interpreter who represents the OJD must pass a criminal background check with no barriers to performing the duties of a court interpreter.

Convictions may not necessarily bar one from interpreting.  We will review convictions based on:

  • the nature and gravity of the offence of offenses; and
  • the time that has passed since the arrest, conviction, or completion of the sentence.

 Any information that is discovered during a criminal history check shall be kept confidential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consent for Personal Information Release form: As freelance interpreters, the Consent for Personal Information Release form provides us with your permission to give business contact information to parties who request it, with some limitations.  Please read the form carefully.  If an interpreter decides not to have their contact information released, they still must return the form declining consent.

 

 

 

 

In order to maintain eligible work status with the Oregon Judicial Department, please submit the Criminal Background Check and Consent for Personal Information Release documents to Court Interpreter Services: 

Court Interpreter Services
Oregon Judicial Department
541 NE 20th Ave #107
Portland, OR 97232

An interpreter may also drop off the forms in person to a Court Interpreter Services office.  The OJD will follow the Oregon Consumer Theft Protection Act in processing any private information.  Please do not submit social security or tax ID numbers via electronic sources.

 

 

Once the background check has been successfully completed, and the Consent for Personal Information Release form turned in, the interpreter is granted “conditionally approved” status, which lets courts know that Court Interpreter Services has already done an initial screening of the interpreter. 

 

The OJD will repeat the background check every three years.

If an interpreter is no longer interested in working for the Oregon Judicial Department as a freelance interpreter, they can simply send an email to Court.Interpreter.Program@ojd.state.or.us with the words “Remove from mailing list” in the subject line and we will remove their name and information from our mailing list.  Questions?  Please contact us at 503.731.3283.

Dressing for Court

In keeping with the serious and professional nature of court business, please come to your assignment dressed conservatively. Appropriate attire for women is a dress, a suit, or conservative blouse with a skirt or slacks. Short skirts and low cut or sleeveless dresses or blouses are not appropriate. Appropriate attire for men is a suit, or a jacket or blazer with a dress shirt, tie and slacks. Jeans are not appropriate attire for a courtroom.

Team Interpreting

Interpreters may be scheduled to work in teams of two on longer assignments or assignments with more serious charges. Click here for an article with information on team interpreting that is helpful to review in advance of this type of situation.

 

Cancellation Policy

The OJD has a non-negotiable, universal cancellation policy for all freelance interpreters that accept assignments.

Cancellation Policy:

  • OJD will pay a cancellation minimum if an assignment cancels after 12pm two judicial says prior to the day of the assignment.
  • Subsequent days of multiple day assignments are subject to the above cancellation agreement.
  • The interpreter must remain available to be re-assigned, participate in training activities, or do telephonic interpreting for Court Interpreter Services in order to bill a cancellation minimum. If the interpreter does not remain available, payment will be forfeited.

Business FAQs

When can I expect to be paid?
What is the job market like for court interpreters?

How do I sign up for direct deposit?
What mileage table should I be using to determine mileage from point A to point B?

When can I expect to be paid?

Court Interpreter Services strives to pay interpreters in a timely manner. You should receive payment for services within 30 days of us receiving your billing statement. If you have not received payment within the 30 days after we received your billing statement, please contact 

Today's Operations Manager.

What is the job market like for court interpreters?

While demand depends on the language, there isn't enough demand to make court interpreting full-time work for any language (Spanish might be the exception). However, we strongly encourage you to supplement your court interpreting with other types of interpreting, such as attorney office visits, depositions, medical interpreting and school interpreting. Not only do these assignments provide additional income, but they give you practice and experience in interpreting.

How can I sign up for direct deposit? 

Freelance interpreters may sign up for Direct Deposit for their payments from the Oregon Judicial Department. Please click here to learn more. Please note that the Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS) is the department in charge of the Direct Deposit option, not the Oregon Judicial Department. Further questions or issues with Direct Deposit should be directed to DAS.

What mileage table should I be using to determine mileage from point A to point B? 

Freelance interpreters claiming mileage for services rendered in Oregon Courts must use the Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS) mileage chart. If the cities you are travelling between are not on the mileage chart, then we ask you to calculate your mileage using Google Maps, city to city only (no addresses or zip codes included). For questions, please contact Today's Operations Manager.