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Finding Legal Help

You are not required to hire an attorney, but legal matters can be complicated. Consider talking to an attorney to go over your options. See the Finding Legal Help page for information about free and low cost ways to get legal help. 

Como encontrar ayuda legal

Usted no está obligado a contratar un abogado, pero los asuntos legales pueden ser complicados. Considere la posibilidad de hablar con un abogado para hablar de sus opciones. Para información sobre cómo obtener ayuda legal vea nuestra página Como encontrar ayuda legal.

American Sign Language Interpreters

Only American Sign Language Interpreters who are listed on the Approved American Sign Language Court Interpreter List are eligible to work in a courtroom setting in Utah. An interpreter must meet specific requirements to be included on the Approved ASL Court Interpreter List, which is posted and maintained by the Utah Interpreter Program, a program within the Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

  • Approval Process FAQ - PDF
  • Legal Requirements - PDF

Requirements to be on the Approved ASL Court Interpreter List

Possess RID SC:L in good standing.

OR ALTERNATIVELY AN APPLICANT MAY QUALIFY BY MEETING FOLLOWING THE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Provide verification of at least one of the following Certifications in good standing:
    • Utah Master
    • Utah Professional
    • RID CI and CT
    • RID CDI
    • RID RSC
    • NIC Master
    • NIC Advanced
    • NIC
    • NAD IV
    • NAD V
  2. Complete an online application HERE.
  3. Pass a background check. The candidate will not be charged a fee for this.
  4. Complete a 1-day Court Interpreting Orientation class offered by the Administrative Office of the Courts. The class is scheduled from 9:00 - 4:30; please arrive 15 minutes ahead of time to allow for parking and registration. The class is held at the Matheson Courthouse 450 S. State St. Salt Lake City, Utah 84111. The deadline to register is 5:00 pm the Friday before the class. There is no fee for this class. Registration.

    2020 1-day Court Interpreting Orientation class dates are:

    • April 10
    • October 9
  5. Interpreters must pass the Ethics Exam at the completion of the 1-day Court Interpreting Orientation class.
  6. Provide proof of 10 observation hours of court interpreting in any language. Documented time must be actual time of observing the interpreting process with a certified language interpreter or approved ASL interpreter. To receive the verification form and arrange observation hours, contact any court interpreter coordinator listed on the following link coordinators.html

Both methods of approval require the following

  1. Achieve a verifiable clean background check provided by the court. A criminal background check (BCI) will be conducted upon submitting an application to become a court interpreter for ASL.
  2. Sign an Interpreter's Oath with the court. This will be provided at the time of acceptance.

Remaining on the Approved ASL Court Interpreter list

To remain on the Approved ASL Court Interpreter list the interpreter must:

  1. Maintain approved certification in good standing.
  2. Complete CEU/CEH requirement with 80 hours in legal training every four years.
    - OR -
  3. Provide proof of RID SC:L in good standing.

The list of court approved ASL interpreters will be posted and maintained on the Utah Interpreter Program website at http://uip.utah.gov

Additional Resources

For free legal interpreting materials, including an ASL legal dictionary, visit , visit the University of Northern Colorado: Project Climb.

The Utah State Courts mission is to provide the people an open, fair, efficient, and independent system for the advancement of justice under the law.


Page Last Modified: 3/3/2020
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