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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Courts extend deadline for hiring more interpreters

Advertiser Staff

The state Judiciary is in need of language interpreters, as well as certified sign-language interpreters.

The application deadline for the positions has been extended from Feb. 1 to Feb. 16.

Officials yesterday said the judicial system is in need of interpreters who can interpret in Chuukese, Ilokano, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Marshallese, Japanese, Tagalog, Pohnpeian, Tongan, Samoan, Mandarin, Cantonese and Laotian.

Court interpreters work on a freelance basis as independent contractors in criminal and certain civil cases when parties or witnesses are unable to hear, understand, speak or use English sufficiently.

Depending on their performance on written and oral exams, court interpreters are paid $25 to $55 an hour with a two-hour minimum.