Interpreters

Interpreters

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN REQUESTING AN INTERPRETER, PLEASE GO TO Language Access and Appointment Language. 

Attention All Court Interpreters 

Interpreter List

Beginning January 1, 2016, the Oakland County Circuit and Probate Courts will utilize the State Court Administrative Office's Certified and Qualified Interpreter Lists when hiring foreign language interpretation for courtroom proceedings.  The current list can be found on the website below:
http://courts.mi.gov/administration/scao/officesprograms/fli/pages/certified-court-interpreters.aspx

State Certification

The Oakland County Circuit and Probate Courts have discontinued local testing and qualification of interpreters and will not maintain a separate interpreter list for 2016 and beyond.  

Interpreters who are currently on Oakland County Circuit Court's 2015 Interpreter List will continue to be considered for courtroom interpretation through December 2015.

Beginning January 1, 2016, Interpreters and Interpreter Firms must be registered with the State Court Administrative Office's Language Access Certification Program to be eligible * for foreign language interpretation in legal proceedings. More information regarding the state sponsored language certification program can be found on the website below:
http://courts.mi.gov/Administration/SCAO/OfficesPrograms/FLI/Pages/default.aspx
Note: * certain exclusions apply MCR 1.111(F)(2)

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.  When neither a certified nor a qualified interpreter is reasonably available, the Court may reschedule the proceeding or continue pursuant to MCR 1.111(F)(2).

Payment  

Oakland County Circuit and Probate Courts Language Interpreter Fee Schedule and Service Policy

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: http://www.oakgov.com/courts/circuit/Pages/division_committee/payee-registration.aspx.   

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.