Carola Green, Coordinator for Court Interpreting Testing Services & Operations, National Center for State Courts
The Consortium for Language Access in the Courts (formerly the Consortium for State Court Interpreter Certification) is currently comprised of 40 of the United States that pool financial and technical resources to create tests and management tools for court interpreter testing and certification programs. Since 1995 the Consortium has developed oral performance examinations in 16 languages along with two English-language written examinations that members use to ascertain the level of ability and qualification of their state court interpreters. In addition, members have adopted a Code of Professional Responsibility for interpreters, designed a template for an orientation program, and developed numerous other resources that are shared by members. Many of the accomplishments of the Consortium are replicable and the EULITA partners will benefit from hearing about the Consortium’s history, lessons learned, and future plans.