Maine

Language Access Coordinator Contact
Kristina Famolare, JD, Communication Access Specialist
Administrative Office of the Courts
P.O. Box 4820
Portland, ME 04112-4820
Phone: 207-822-0703
email: interpreters@courts.maine.gov
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Code of Ethics or Rules of Professional Conduct

Language Access Plan

Interpreter Statutes and Rules: 5 M.R.S. § 51, Me. Admin. Order, JB-06-03 (as amended by A. 11-17),  M.R. U. Crim. P. 28,  M.R. Evid. 604, M.R. U. Crim. P. 6(e), 5 M.R.S. § 48-A

Coordination/Supervision of Interpreters: Maine does not have any employee interpreters. Individual independent contractor interpreters are tested and maintained on a roster at the state Judicial Branch level. Agencies under contract with the State of Maine provide individual interpreters when rostered interpreters are not available. Interpreters are scheduled on a case-by-case basis by local courts using the roster and contracted agencies.

Cost of Interpreter Services (including fees to freelance and salaries of staff interpreters): $150,000 - $500,000

Budget for Language Access Program (not including direct interpreter services): $0 - $50,000

Funding for Language Access Program: General Fund

Compensation Range for Salaried Interpreters (spoken language): Maine does not have salaried interpreters.

Compensation Range for Salaried Interpreters (sign language): Maine does not have salaried interpreters.

Compensation Range for Freelance Interpreters (certified spoken language): $35 - $50 per hour

Compensation Range for Freelance Interpreters (certified sign language): $50 - $75 per hour

Difference in Pay between Spanish and LOTS Interpreters: No difference

Minimum Certification Requirements: Maine does not certify interpreters. Rostered court interpreters must pass the NCSC written English examination, successfully complete an OPI in the non-English language(s), and attend a mandatory 2 day interpreter orientation. 

Dates and Locations of Testing and Training: Unknown