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Court interpreter workshops to resume

The state Judiciary is resuming court interpreter orientation workshops statewide in July after putting them on hold during the pandemic.

Attending a workshop is a requirement to become a court interpreter for those who speak English and another language.

A two-day workshop will be held July 27 to 28 at Hoapili Hale, the state courthouse building in Wailuku.

Registration forms are available at www.courts.state.hi.us/ services/court_interpreting/bow and from the Office on Equality and Access to the Courts by contacting (808) 539-4860.

The registration fee is $25.

Those seeking to become a court interpreter also must pass a written English proficiency exam, court interpreter ethics exam and criminal background check.

Court interpreters are independent contractors and not Judiciary employees. They assist the courts by helping those with limited English proficiency. Depending on their performance on written and oral exams, court interpreters are paid $25 to $55 per hour with a two-hour minimum.

More information is available by contacting the Office on Equality and Access to the Courts at OEAC@courts.hawaii.gov or (808) 539-4860.

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