Certifications / Associations
Judicial Council of the State of California 2000
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (Federal) 2006
The American Translators Association (ATA) 2008 **
** I am one of only seven translators listed by the ATA as accredited
in both the English into Spanish and the Spanish into English language combinations in Southern California.
The American Translators Association
The Association of Independent Judicial Interpreters of California
The National Association of Judicial Interpreters and Translators
About Certifications in California
There are two categories of interpreters sanctioned by the Judicial Council of California:
1) Certified Court Interpreters – Certified Court Interpreters have passed a written and a bilingual interpreting examination in one of fifteen certified languages, including ASL. They interpret in all stages of civil and/or criminal court proceedings (e.g., depositions, pretrial conferences, trials, etc.)
2) Registered Interpreters – Registered Interpreters interpret in less common languages for which there is no state certification exam. They must pass a written exam and oral proficiency examination in English and another language.
Important Notice to Attorneys and Litigants
As of Jan. 1, 2015, California Law AB 2370 requires that all interpreters involved in judicial proceedings, including depositions, state the following on the record: their name, their current interpreter certification or registration number, the language to be interpreted, a statement that the interpreter's official badge has been verified by the court –in a deposition, by the court reporter– and that the interpreter's oath has been administered.
Certified and registered interpreters are required to carry their official badge issued by the Judicial Council, which includes a photo, the interpreter's identification number, and an expiration date; AB 2370 requires that this state-issued badge be presented to all parties prior to the start of proceedings. Protect yourself and your case when contracting an interpreter for a civil court procedure – insist on seeing his or her certification badge.
For translated documents used in court proceedings, California’s Government Code §27293 allows county clerks to certify documents translated into English only if the documents were translated by ATA certified translators, California Certified Court Interpreters, or California Registered Interpreters.