Court Interpreters Program (CIP)

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CIP strives to ensure access to the courts for persons with limited English proficiency or those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, by developing programs and practices that enhance the quality of interpretation and increase the availability of qualified interpreters in the courts.

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Annual Renewal and Compliance Period In Effect
All spoken language interpreters must meet annual renewal and continuing education and professional assignment requirements established by the Judicial Council of California in accordance with California Government Code § 68562.

Official notification and Annual Renewal packets have been e-mailed to all interpreters currently enrolled on the Judicial Council’s Master List of Certified Court and Registered Interpreters. Packets were sent via e-mail on September 12, 2014.

For more information and to download the current Annual Renewal Packet please go to:

July 31, 2014: Public Comment Sought on Proposed Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts. Deadline for comments is September 29, 2014.

Bilingual Interpreting Exams will be offered September 23, 24, and 25 at testing locations across California.
Exams will be administered  at testing locations across California. Please visit the Prometric website for information on how to register.

Becoming an Interpreter

Interested in becoming a court interpreter? As a court interpreter, you will play a key role in our trial courts by interpreting for defendants, litigants and witnesses, thereby helping to insure access to justice for thousands of Californians with limited English proficiency. Find more information and resources on how you can become a court interpreter.

Exam Information

Bilingual Interpreting Exams: Exams are administered two times per calendar year. For more information regarding the required exams, review the Exam Information page.  Please visit our website often, as dates for the Bilingual Interpreting Exam will be posted as soon as Bilingual Interpreting Exam dates become available or visit: Prometric website Bilingual Interpreting Exam section.

Written Exams: Scheduling for the Written Exam is available now. Please visit the Prometric website Written Exam section for information on how to register.


Search for an Interpreter

Looking for a certified or registered court interpreter? You can find interpreters here.



Prospective Interpreters
Resources for exploring the court interpreting profession and preparing to enter the profession

Current Interpreters
Resources for current court interpreters

Education Providers
Resources for trainers of interpreters


Some of the reports produced or sponsored by CIP include:

  • Recommended Guidelines for Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) for ASL-Interpreted Events
  • 2010 Language Need and Interpreter Use Study: Report to the Legislature
  • 2005 Language Need and Interpreter Use Study: Report to the Legislature
  • California's Assessment of the Consortium for Language Access in the Courts' Exams
  • Study of Court Interpreter Services in Civil Cases in California



Interested in the purpose and function of the Court Interpreters Program or the Court Interpreters Advisory Panel? This section contains background information on the program and the panel. It also answers common questions.

Information related to the Court Interpreters Advisory Panel and the Court Interpreter Program



"Overview of a Career in Court Interpreting"

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