Delaware Courts are currently in Phase Three of the reopening plan as of June 1, 2021. Learn more about the public reopening plan.

For the latest on the Delaware Judiciary response to COVID-19 – and for contact information for each court during this emergency – please visit The Delaware Judiciary Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) page.

The Delaware Courts will be closed Friday June 18, 2021 in honor of Juneteenth. Justice of the Peace Courts 11 (New Castle County), 7 (Kent County), and 3 (Sussex County) will remain open.

Court Interpreter Program

Court Interpreter Candidate Orientation

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.

The orientation seminar is the first step in the certification process. It is a full-day event and attendance requires a fee of $65 for DE residents and $120 for out-of-state residents. The orientation seminars will be offered in all three counties. Please read our qualification and registration process.

In the meantime, here are some helpful links:
Glossaries of court terms used in the Delaware courts
Resources page
Self-assessment and Study Tools
Federal Exam Information

Please check this web page often for changes and additional registration information. You may contact the Court Interpreter Program if you have additional questions.

The orientation seminar is the first step of the qualification process.

The orientation is a one-day seminar that introduces the candidates to the court interpreter profession. Some of the topics presented during the orientation are: the Delaware judiciary, the role of the court interpreter, skills and ethical requirements of the profession, the modes of interpretation, a day in the life of a court interpreter, as well as an overview of criminal judicial procedure.

Orientations are offered throughout the year in all three Counties. Orientations are advertised on the Delaware Courts website and a registration form is available with the announcement. Please visit the Delaware Court Interpreter home page.

Print 2021 Orientation Handouts

Bundle 1

Interpreter Program

Ethics and Protocol

Delaware Courts and Judicial Procedure

Modes of Interpretation

Skill Building Materials