Becoming a Court Interpreter 

Spoken Language Interpreters

If you are interested in becoming a Freelance Spoken Language Court Interpreter please contact Court Interpreting Services.

To become a Certified Interpreter, you must comply with the requirements set forth in the Kentucky Spoken Language Certification Policy and the Code of Professional Responsibility for Interpreters.

Additionally, you will need to complete and submit the following forms:

  • Acceptance of the Kentucky Certification Policy. You must read and adhere to the guidelines of the Kentucky Certification Policy.
  • Criminal Background Check. You must pass a criminal background check through the CourtNet Disposition System.
  • Information Form. You must annually provide a copy of your personal information, including hours willing to work.
  • Acceptance of Oath and Code of Professional Responsibility. You must read and adhere to the Interpreter Oath and Code of Professional Responsibility.

The KCOJ offers an online directory of interpreters that is accessible by the public. Inclusion in this directory is optional. If you wish to be included in this directory, you must sign the Release Form.

Please send all forms to:
Administrative Office of the Courts
Court Interpreting Services
100 Millcreek Park
Frankfort, KY 40601

American Sign Language Interpreters

To become a Court Interpreter for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing:

You must be fully licensed pursuant to KRS 309.301 and comply with the requirements set forth in Kentucky Interpreting Requirement Policy for Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Visual Language Interpreters) and the Code of Professional Responsibility for Interpreters.

Additionally, you will need to complete and submit the following forms:

  • Acceptance of the Kentucky Certification Policy. You must read and adhere to the guidelines of the Kentucky Certification Policy. This form must be notarized.
  • Criminal Background Check. You must pass a criminal background check through the CourtNet Disposition System.
  • Information Form. You must annually provide a copy of your personal information, including hours willing to work.
  • Acceptance of Interpreter Oath and Code of Professional Responsibility. You must read and adhere to the Interpreter Oath and Code of Professional Responsibility.

The KCOJ offers an online directory of interpreters that is accessible by the public. Inclusion in this directory is optional. If you wish to be included in this directory, you must sign the Release Form.

Please send all forms to:

Administrative Office of the Courts
Court Interpreting Services
100 Millcreek Park
Frankfort, KY 40601