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Interpreter Services


Seeking an Interpreter

In criminal cases, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1827(c)(2) , the clerk's office shall secure and pay for the services of an interpreter required for proceedings initiated by the United States, except that the U.S. Attorney is responsible for securing the services of such interpreters for governmental witnesses. Except for an initial appearance, Defense counsel (or the Defendant if pro se) shall notify the Courtroom Deputy at least 48 hours in advance of any court proceedings that a Defendant requires the services of an interpreter.

For interpreters secured by a criminal defendant for services rendered outside of the courtroom, defense counsel is required to submit a CJA-21 through eVoucher to obtain payment for the interpreter.

In civil cases, the party requiring the services of an interpreter is required to secure and pay for an interpreter for any court proceeding. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1827(c)(1), upon request, the Clerk's office can provide a list of interpreters aregistered with the court who are available for judicial proceedings.

For complete information on the US Courts interpreter program visit the Federal Court Interpreter Program. For additional guidance on the US Courts interpreter program see Guide to Judiciary Policy, Vol 5: Court Interpreting.


Becoming an Interpreter

If you are interested in becoming a US Courts interpreter review the Federal Court Interpreter Program. For additional guidance on the US Courts interpreter program see Guide to Judiciary Policy, Vol 5: Court Interpreting.

To apply to become and interpreter for New York Northern District Court please complete the NYND Court Interpreter Application. You will also be required to submit an Authorization for Release of Information during the fingerprinting process. If you are unable to submit the web form application you may submit an application in mail using the NYND Court Interpreter Application (pdf).


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