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Licensing

An interpreter in the courts of Georgia is considered to be a professional, guided and governed by ethical standards promulagated by the Supreme Court Commission on Interperters. An Oath is taken by each interpreter prior to any proceeding that he or she shall interpreter communications in an accurate manner to the best of the interpreter's skill and ability.

Georgia has three court interpreter licensing designations, Certified, Conditionally Approved and Registered. Please refer to our License Requirement section for more information on each classification. Bilingual individuals who are interested in providing interpretation in Georgia's court system should possess the following competencies:

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of the legal system, civil and criminal procedures, and other court practices
  • Knowledge of legal terminology in both English and the target language
  • Knowledge of interpreter techniques
  • Knowledge of ethical and professional standards for court interpreters

Skills

  • Native-like fluency of English and foreign language including grammar, slang, and idioms
  • Command of interpreter techniques and modes of interpretation
  • Short-term memory skills to store significant units of information
  • Comprehensive note-taking skills

Ability

  • Ability to speak with proper pronunciation, diction, and intonation
  • Ability to listen and comprehend rates of speech, regional accents, and dialectical differences
  • Ability to process linguistic information quickly
  • Ability to scan a document rapidly for content and style (sight translation)
  • Ability to identify subject and verb of each sentence quickly
  • Ability to analyze units of meaning which form each sentence of the text
  • Ability to anticipate syntactic rearrangements which will be necessary in the target language

These competencies are acquired through significant study and preparation.

Georgia is a member of the National Center for State Courts, Council of Language Access Coordinators (CLAC). Reciprocity may be extended to interpreters who are certified by states that are active CLAC members.