Persons who wish to become an approved court interpreter and work in New Jersey's court system must follow three main steps:
Court interpreting is a profession that demands high levels of knowledge, skills, and abilities.
The Court Interpreter Approval Program currently consists of the following requirements, which must be completed in the order in which they appear below and are subject to change at any time. Candidates credentialed elsewhere should review the Reciprocity Policy.
Important Note: Oral exams in any of these languages may be developed at any time. When an exam is developed in a new language, everyone who has been registered or wishes to register for that language will be required to take the exam to remain or become registered.
After successfully completing the Court Interpreter Approval Program, candidates are eligible to be included in the New Jersey Judiciary's Registry of On-site Interpreting Resources Eligible candidates will receive an invitation to register and must:
Division of Revenue business applications include the following:
Judiciary registration forms must be sent to:
Language Services Section
Administrative Office of the Courts
Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex
PO Box 988
Trenton, NJ 08625-0988
Language Services will send you a PSSW after confirming your Division of Revenue registration and receiving your judiciary registration forms. The PSSW is executed annually and should be carefully read since it outlines the specifics of the contractual agreement, including the compensation rates and cancellation policy.