The Delaware State Courts will be closed Thursday, November 23, 2017 and Friday, November 24, 2017 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Only Justice of the Peace Courts 11 (New Castle County), 7 (Kent County), and 3 (Sussex County) will remain open.

Court Interpreter Program

Oral Exam

All candidates wishing to become certified or otherwise qualified must complete a qualification and registration process consisting, in summary, of four steps: orientation seminar, written exam, criminal background check and oral exam.

megaphone Dates for the Delaware 2017 State Court Interpreter Oral Exams are posted below.

***Registration has been extended to Tuesday, August 15th. Registration and payment must be postmarked on or before 8/15/2017.***

Oral exam registration announcement and forms can be viewed by clicking on the desired date. Please check this web page often for any changes and/or updates.

County Location Orientation Seminar Written Exam Oral Exam
New Castle County Leonard L. Williams Justice Center September 20-21, 2017
Kent County Kent County Courthouse September 22, 2017

The oral exam is the fourth step in the credentialing process.

The National Center of State Courts’ oral performance examination is “designed to determine whether candidates possess the minimum levels of language knowledge and interpreting skills required to perform competently during court proceedings.” The test measures candidate’s command of his/her language pair as well as interpreting skills in the three modes of interpretation: simultaneous, consecutive and sight translation.

Candidates may be tested in any of the languages available through the National Center of State Courts.

The full proficiency exam consists of four separate sections:

  • Sight translation of a document written in English into the oral foreign language.
  • Sight translation of a document written in the foreign language into oral English.
  • Consecutive interpretation of oral testimony from English into foreign language and from foreign language into English.
  • Simultaneous interpreting from English into foreign language.

Minimum qualification for Certification is a score of 70% overall and on each of the four sections of the exam, independently.

For more information on the Oral Exam, please visit the National Center for State Courts Education and Careers, State Court Interpreter Certification page for the Overview of the Oral Exam.