In re Interpreter Fees, 121420 OKSC, 2020 OK 107

Docket Nº2020 OK 107
Party NameRE INTERPRETER FEES
Case DateDecember 14, 2020
CourtSupreme Court of Oklahoma

2020 OK 107

RE INTERPRETER FEES

No. 2020 OK 107

Supreme Court of Oklahoma

December 14, 2020

UNPUBLISHED OPINION

PAYMENT OF COURTROOM INTERPRETERS

Pursuant to the administrative authority vested in the Court by the Oklahoma Constitution, Article 7, section 6, Administrative Directive No. SCAD-2007-32 relating to the payment of foreign language interpreters and interpreters for the deaf and hard-of-hearing is hereby superseded. The provisions of this directive shall become effective January 1, 2021.

1. Order of Preference. When securing an interpreter provided at the expense of the court, judges and court clerks shall follow the order of preference set forth in 20 O.S. §1710 (effective Nov. 1, 2019), which states in part: In district court proceedings, the court shall endeavor to obtain the services of a courtroom interpreter with the highest available level of credential prior to accepting services of an interpreter with lesser credential and skill. Certified courtroom interpreters have the highest recognized level of credential in this state, and registered courtroom interpreters have the next highest level.

2. Hourly Rates -- Foreign Language Interpreters. Spoken-language interpreters provided at the expense of the court shall be paid at the following hourly rates for in court services related to the specific case assignment: a. Certified Courtroom Interpreters shall be paid not to exceed Eighty Dollars ($80.00) per hour. b. Registered Courtroom Interpreters shall be paid not to exceed Sixty Five Dollars ($65.00) per hour.

c. Provisional Status Interpreters shall be paid not to exceed Fifty Dollars ($50.00) per hour.

d. All other spoken language interpreters may be paid not to exceed Forty Dollars ($40.00) per hour. Nothing herein is intended to require the court fund to pay a bilingual person who performs incidental interpretation in a particular matter, such as a friend or family member of a party. No mileage shall be paid for interpreters in this category.

3. Hourly Rates -- Sign Language Interpreters. Sign Language Interpreters provided at the expense of the court shall be paid at the following hourly rates: a. Certified Sign Language Interpreters shall be paid not to exceed Eighty Dollars ($80.00) per hour. A "Certified Sign Language Interpreter" is a sign language interpreter who has satisfied the certification requirements set forth in the Rules of the Board of Examiners of Certified Courtroom Interpreters ("the Board"), and whose registration with the Board is current.

b. Faculty and instructors at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur, OK, and the Jane Brooks/Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Chickasha, OK, who appear on the Oklahoma State Department of Education registry as an educational interpreter may serve as a court interpreter if the judge determines that the individual possesses proficiency sufficient for the purposes of that hearing, and may be paid not to exceed Sixty Five Dollars ($65.00) per hour.

c. All other qualified legal sign language interpreters (63 O.S.Supp. 2011 §2408) shall be paid not to exceed Sixty Dollars ($60.00) per hour.

d. All other sign language interpreters may be paid not...

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