The Georgia Commission on Interpreters (Commission) is the policymaking body appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia to oversee the development of a statewide plan for the use of interpreters in Georgia courts during civil, criminal matters, or court-related events. The Commission is composed of judges, lawyers, non-lawyers, legislators, court administrators, and interpreters.
The Commission on Interpreters’ mission is to provide interpreter licensing and education services for Georgia courts to ensure the rights of non-English speaking persons in Court and during any court-related events.
Created in 2003 by a Supreme Court order, the Commission is charged with regulating a statewide comprehensive court interpreting program, developing the criteria for the training and certification of interpreters, designating languages for which it will require certification, and establishing standards of conduct for interpreters.
Another responsibility of the Commission is to provide access to competent, professional interpreters to ensure understanding and participation for all non-English speaking persons involved in any court event. The Commission does this by providing an online registry of licensed interpreters, which assists the public and members of the Bench and Bar in locating qualified court interpreters throughout the State. The Commission’s staff also trains judges from different levels of courts, court clerks, court staff, and members of the State Bar about its rules and regulations and the proper use and behavior of interpreters in a courtroom setting. The Commission meets quarterly to consider pertinent issues to improve language access resources in Georgia’s courts.