Skip to Main Content
Illinois Courts response to COVID-19

Resources

Benchcard and information card on courtroom interpreting

Multilingual signage and information

COVID-19 signage in English and Spanish

I Speak card

Notice of interpreter services in top six languages

Notice of Interpreter services in 35 languages

Summary of language access services in English, Spanish, Arabic, Polish, Russian, Korean, Mandarin, Chinese 

IL Maps Illustrating Resources by County

Self-Study Resources for Interpreters

To assist with self-study, here are some resources from the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and other states around the country with interpreter certification programs, in addition to other study tools, bilingual resources and related links.

The Interpreter's Gym

A reference guide to American English idioms

AOIC 2014 Interpreter Certification suggested resources

Consecutive interpreting exercises

Simultaneous interpreting exercise

Sight translation exercises

Local and online training programs

Below is a list of universities, colleges, organizations, and online resources that offer training for interpreters. Please note that the AOIC does not endorse any entity listed here, and if you wish to attend one of these programs to satisfy the skill building requirement, please contact Sophia Akbar at sakbar@illinoiscourts.gov for pre-approval. Please also note that some of these programs are not specific to legal interpretation.

2014 Regional Meetings on Language Access

Throughout the month of January, the AOIC hosted six regional meetings across the state to engage judges, court personnel, interpreters, legal advocates, and other interested stakeholders on language access issues.

The meetings occurred in Peoria, Springfield, Champaign, Sycamore, Chicago, and Mt. Vernon. Attendees discussed challenges in addressing language access in Illinois circuit courts. The presentation provided an overview of our legal obligations to provide meaningful language access to limited English proficient persons, and reviewed implementation solutions for the Language Access Plans.

The power point slides presented during the meetings are available here. 

A list of Frequently Asked Questions from the meetings is available here.