ORS 45.291
Certification program

  • establishment by State Court Administrator
  • rules


Subject to the availability of funding, the State Court Administrator shall establish a program for the certification of court interpreters. The program shall be established by rules adopted pursuant to ORS 1.002 (Supreme Court) and shall include, but not be limited to, provisions for:


Prescribing the form and content of applications for certification;


Prescribing and collecting reasonable fees for the application, examination, certification and renewal of certification for court interpreters;


Establishing categories of certificates based on the nature of the interpreter services to be provided, including categories for interpreters for persons with disabilities, as defined in ORS 45.285 (Appointment of interpreter for party, witness or victim with disability), and for interpreters for non-English-speaking persons, as defined in ORS 45.275 (Appointment of interpreter for non-English-speaking party, witness or victim);


Establishing minimum competency requirements for court interpreters in the various categories of certification;


Establishing teaching programs designed to educate court interpreters in ethical, substantive and procedural legal issues;


Prescribing the form of and administering examinations for the purpose of testing court interpreters for competency and ethics;


Establishing grounds for renewal, suspension or cancellation of certificates;


Establishing a process for receiving comments and input into the policy and procedures of the certification program;


Establishing a process for receiving comments and input on compliance with ORS 45.272 (Definitions for ORS 45.272 to 45.297) to 45.297 (Authority to enter into service contracts);


Establishing a process for receiving comments and input on compliance with the code of professional responsibility adopted under ORS 45.288 (Appointment of certified interpreter required); and


Establishing a process by which an adversely affected interpreter may seek review of any decision made by the State Court Administrator on renewal, suspension or cancellation of a certificate.


An interpreter may be certified in Oregon by the State Court Administrator upon satisfactory proof that the interpreter is certified in good standing by the federal courts or by a state having a certification program that is equivalent to the program established under this section. [1993 c.687 §3; 2001 c.242 §3; 2007 c.70 §15]

Source: Section 45.291 — Certification program; establishment by State Court Administrator; rules, https://www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/bills_laws/ors/ors045.­html.

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