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AOIC Language Access Registry
The AOIC maintains a Court Interpreter Registry (Registry) that lists certified and registered spoken language interpreters and sign language interpreters that have met certain training and testing requirements.
This section provides the following resources for circuit courts and interpreters:
Language Access Plans
The AOIC is overseeing the creation and implementation of Language Access Plans in each of the 24 judicial circuits of the state, based on a Plan template that was approved by the Illinois Supreme Court. Once a circuit court submits a Plan, it will be publicly available
Illinois Supreme Court Language Access Policy and Code of Interpreter Ethics
The Illinois Supreme Court adopted a Language Access Policy and Code of Interpreter Ethics to provide guidance to the judiciary and develop a unified approach for the provision of statewide language access services in Illinois courts.
Scholarship to Cover the Cost of the Interpreter Certification Process
The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC) is pleased to announce a new scholarship for those interested in becoming certified court interpreters in Illinois. The AOIC recognizes the importance that skilled court interpreters play in the justice system and the courts very high need for qualified interpreters. This scholarship presents a wonderful opportunity to expand the number of certified court interpreters working throughout the state.
This scholarship would cover the cost of the three-step certification process through the Illinois Language Access Program. This includes a two-day orientation ($200), a written exam ($50), and an oral exam ($225) or an oral proficiency interview (OPI)($130) for languages where an oral exam is not available. Additionally, this scholarship will cover 50% of the costs for retakes for both the written and/or oral exam or OPI. This scholarship will be offered to 5 individuals per year. To qualify for this scholarship, individuals must be at least 18 years or older, reside in Illinois and make less than $50,000 a year. Proof of income is required.
Individuals who have already began the Language Access Certification Program are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Previous costs paid will not be reimbursable, but exams moving forward will be covered by the AOIC if selected.
For those interested in applying for this scholarship, an application must be completed, along with supplemental materials such as a Federal Tax Return. The deadline to submit applications was March 1, 2023. Our office will begin accepting applications for 2024, in December. Please reach out to Noor Alawawda, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions.
80% of all interpretations were criminal and 15% civil proceedings. Spanish was the most common language need at 92%. Polish was the second most requested language at 2%. Smaller languages in Cook County, such as Mandarin, Arabic, French, Vietnamese, Ukrainian and Russian were also prevalent. American Sign Language was also noted in the interpretation statistics as well.
COURT TYPE SUMMARY
Total Interpretations: 44,917
Criminal Court: 36,033
% of interpretations by registered or certified interpreter: 52.86%
Civil Court: 6,492
% of interpretations by phone or video: 60.4%
Annexed Court: 2,392
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