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Application deadline for Madison court-interpreter training approaching

The period for applying for a two-day court-interpreter training session in Madison will remain open until Friday.

The Director of State Courts Office will be offering court-interpreter training from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Sept. 22 and Sept. 23 at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison. The cost is $195, which also covers lunch and all training materials. To apply, download and complete an application from the court system website.

The training session is an introduction to court interpreting and features judges, attorneys and certified court interpreters. Participants who complete an orientation and meet other requirements will be placed on a public roster of interpreters used by courts, law enforcement agencies, attorneys and law-related agencies.

Although interpreters who can speak Spanish are most often requested by the courts, more is being done to recruit qualified interpreters for many other languages, such as Arabic, Hmong and Vietnamese. A few scholarships are available for some non-Spanish languages.

The training is part of the Director of State Courts Office Interpreter Program.

About Erika Strebel, erika.strebel@wislawjournal.com

Erika Strebel is the law beat reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal and a law school student at UW-Madison. She can be reached at 414-225-1825.

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