The Cobb County Judicial Interpreters Program administered by Superior Court administration provides interpreters to protect the rights of limited English proficiency individuals under the Title VI Civil Rights Act of 1964 and deaf or hard of hearing individuals under the Americans with Disabilities Act and state law (O.C.G.A. §24-6-650 to 658). While Spanish is the most requested language, we do get requests for dialects such as Amharic.
In any case, it is our procedure to diligently attempt to secure a certified interpreter first. If one is not available, we try for a registered or conditionally approved interpreter. If that effort fails, the judge will follow the Supreme Court of Georgia Commission on Interpreters guidelines to qualify the interpreter from the bench.
With Atlanta’s increasingly diverse population, the need for interpreters has grown dramatically. When the program started in 1990 there were 36 requests for interpreters. By 2017, the requests had increased to 4,256 for the year.
The Cobb County Judicial Interpreters Program maintains a list of interpreters’ that must be certified or registered with the Georgia Commission on Interpreters. For information on how to become a certified or registered court interpreter visit www.coi.georgiacourts.gov/
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