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Attention All Court Interpreters  

The interpreter application period began on August 11, 2014.  The application cut-off date is October 1, 2014.  Interpreters must complete and submit the application by October 1, 2014 to be considered for the Court's interpreter list.  Uncertified interpreters must also complete a qualified training as directed by the Court.  The Court will distribute an updated interpreter list to stakeholders for 2015.  

Interpreter Qualifications  

The Michigan Supreme Court created new standards for foreign language interpreters when it adopted MCR 1.111, Foreign Language Interpreters.  The rule establishes classifications for certified and qualified foreign language interpreters and the protocol for retaining a foreign language interpreter for a Limited English Proficient (LEP) individual.  Courts should retain a certified interpreter when one is reasonably available.  If the Court cannot retain a certified interpreter, it should retain a qualified interpreter.  Only when neither a certified nor a qualified interpreter is reasonably available should the Court retain an interpreter who fails to satisfy either standard.

As the Supreme Court, State Court Administrative Office and the Board of Foreign Language Review develop the standards for certified and qualified interpreters, the Sixth Circuit Court intends to continue its Foreign Language Interpreter program.  This includes an annual application process with a mandatory training requirement for all uncertified interpreters.  While it is anticipated that a statewide system will eventually be developed, the Sixth Circuit believes that it is important to assist all uncertified interpreters to continue their professional development and to ensure that uncertified interpreters possess basic knowledge and skills as they assist the LEP population before the Court.


Please note that you must be registered with the County as a vendor.  If you do not have a vendor identification number, please review the information regarding payee registration at:   

If you are an interpreter for the court and need a copy of the Interpreter Billing Verification Form (file size 54k), please download the form from the link above.

Questions regarding payments or registration as a County vendor should be directed to the Court Administration office by calling 248-858-0345.