The Hawaii State Judiciary is seeking individuals who speak English and another language to become court interpreters. Certified sign language interpreters are also encouraged to apply.
Applicants must attend a two-day state court interpreter orientation workshop, which will be held on each of the major islands in February and March. The deadline to apply is Feb. 13 at 4 p.m.
Orientation workshops will be held on the following dates:
- Maui: Feb. 19-20
- Oahu: March 14-15
- Kona: March 3-4
- Kauai: March 10-11
- Hilo: March 19-20
Registration forms are available online here and from the Office on Equality and Access to the Courts at 808-539-4860.
The workshop registration fee is $120 and includes a resource binder.
In addition to successfully completing the orientation workshop, persons seeking to become a state court interpreter must pass a written English proficiency exam and court interpreter ethics exam and clear a criminal background check.
Court interpreters work on a freelance basis as independent contractors in cases when parties or witnesses are unable to hear, understand, speak or use English sufficiently.
Depending on their performance on written and oral exams, court interpreters are paid between $25 to $55 per hour with a two-hour minimum.