Language Access Coordinator Contact
Kelly Mills, Program Manager
OJD Court Language Access Services
1163 State St.
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: (503) 731-3283
Coordination/Supervision of Interpreters: Unified state court system with centralized scheduling services, limited staff interpreter positions, and program oversight from the Office of the State Court Administrator for Oregon Judicial Department.
Cost of Interpreter Services (including fees to freelance and salaries of staff interpreters): $3,549,738 (2019)
Budget for Language Access Program (not including direct interpreter services): $2,088,861 (2019)
Funding for Language Access Program: Unified state court system with centralized scheduling services, limited staff interpreter positions, and program oversight from the Office of the State Court Administrator for Oregon Judicial Department.
Compensation Range for Salaried Interpreters (spoken language): $4701-$8440 /mos
Compensation Range for Salaried Interpreters (sign language): $4701-$8440 /mos
Compensation Range for Freelance Interpreters (certified spoken language): Certified $46.50 / hour, Non Certified: varies
Compensation Range for Freelance Interpreters (certified sign language): OJD Certified $61.50 / hour
Difference in Pay between Spanish and LOTS Interpreters: Varies depending on qualified interpreter availability, qualifications, travel distance, length of request, timeliness of requests, availability of teams of interpreters, complexity of case type(s)
Minimum Certification Requirements:
The Oregon Certified Court Interpreter Credential will be awarded to a spoken language interpreter who fulfills the following credential steps:
- Passes a criminal history check.
- Achieves a passing score on the Written Examination.
- Attends the Orientation and the Ethics Orientation conducted by CLAS.
- Achieves a passing score on the Court Interpreting Oral Examination.
- Achieves a passing score on the Ethics Examination.
- Completes and submits documentation of 20 hours of court interpreting services or court observation during the 12 months prior to application in courts of record in Oregon or Consortium member states, federal courts of record, or where the interpreter is sworn in and the record can be presented into evidence.
- Completes the application process.
- Takes the Interpreter's Oath administered by an Oregon state court judge.
2021 Dates and Locations of Testing and Training:
March 9-11 Virtual Orientation to Interpreting in the Oregon Courts Program
April 17 - Written Exam
September (TBD) - Orientation to Interpreting in the Oregon Courts
October 16 - Oral Exam
November 6 - Written Exam
December 2 - Ethics Orientation and Swearing In Ceremony