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The Georgia Commission on Interpreters (Commission) is the policy-making 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 the presentation of civil or criminal matters. 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 regulatory and education services for Georgia courts so they can ensure the rights of non-English speaking persons.
Created in 2003 by Supreme Court order, the Commission is charged with regulating a statewide comprehensive court interpreter 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.
One of the responsibilities of the Commission is to provide access to competent professional interpreters to ensure understanding and participation for all non-English speaking persons involved in the court process. The Commission does this by providing an on-line 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 meets quarterly to consider pertinent issues to improve language access resources in Georgia’s courts.
How to become licensed
Candidates Seeking Reciprocity.
Georgia is a member of the National Center for State Courts, Council of Language Access Coordinators (CLAC). The Commission may allow reciprocity to those interpreters who are certified by states that are active CLAC members. The Commission may grant reciprocity may to those persons who:
- Completed a 16-hour training court offered by the credentialing State.
- Took and passed the CLAC written exam with a score of 80% or more.
- Took and passed the CLAC oral exam with a score within our licensing categories (see licensing categories above for more information)
The Commission may extend reciprocity to those individuals who started the process in another state only if the requirements of the State in which the candidate began the process are similar to Georgia.
For example: if the applicant attended an orientation workshop at the State where they started the licensing process and that State requires a candidate to participate in a training that is shorter or radically different than Georgia’s, the Commission will ask the candidate to attend the orientation workshop in Georgia. Please note: All candidates seeking reciprocity in Georgia must have completed the oral exam in ONE seating and not more than one seating. If you meet these requirements, please create a GCR account and e-mail staff asking for reciprocity and name the State from which you are seeking the same. Once staff receives the request, staff will contact the State from which you are seeking reciprocity, asking for verification of the three requirements above. Candidates will receive a notification upon completion of said verification so the candidate may proceed with attaining their Georgia license.