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A number of court systems in the US and elsewhere have adopted separate ethics codes for language interpreters working for the courts.  Because interpreter codes differ substantially from the usually broader codes related to judges and general court employees, this list is presented here as a distinct, separate category.

Recent Updates:  Maryland Code of Conduct for Court Interpreters; some broken links corrected; December 2010.

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United States.  The National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators adopted eight canons for court interpreters.

 

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Arkansas.  Code of Professional Responsibility for Interpreters in the Judiciary

 

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Austria.  AACI - Code of EthicsCode of ethics for the Austrian Association of Certified Court Interpreters.  English version.  Doesn't show a date of adoption.  If the web link doesn't work, the file is also saved at this link.  This code is similar to many others in some ways, but also has some unique and interesting provisions (for example, no "glaring advertisements.."). 

 

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California.  Code of Professional Responsibility for Interpreters in the Judiciary.  Initially drafted in 1993. 

 

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Colorado. Judicial Department Code of Professional Responsibility for Court Interpreters.

 

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Connecticut.  Code of Professional Responsibility for Court Interpreters.  

 

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Idaho.  Code of Professional Responsibility for Interpreters in the Judiciary

 

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Iowa.  Code of Professional Conduct for Judicial Branch Interpreters.  Adopted November 1, 2004.  This link used to go directly to the Iowa Judiciary's website, but the link was broken as of February 2008 and we can no longer find a copy posted on their site.  We're not sure if that means that the code was withdrawn or rescinded, but we've published the version previously available here.

 

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Maine.     Maine Judicial Branch Interpreter Policy.  Adopted January 1, 2005.  If the link posted by the court in Maine is ever broken, an archived document can be found at this link.

 

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Maryland.  Code of Conduct for Court Interpreters  Retrieved December 2010.   If the link to the Maryland court's website ever breaks, an archived version can be found at this link.

 

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MassachusettsMassachusetts Code of Professional Conduct for Court Interpreters of the Trial Court

 

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Minnesota.  Code of Professional Responsibility for Interpreters in the Minnesota State Court System.  Adopted 1995.

 

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New JerseyCode of Professional Conduct for Interpreters, Transliterators, and Translators

 

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New Mexico. Code of Professional Responsibility New Mexico Court Interpreters

 

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New York.  Court Interpreter Manual.  The manual was adopted December 2005, although the interpreter code was adopted in 2003.  The ethics discussion and code begins on page 13 of the manual.  

 

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New York (Federal Court).  SDNY Interpreters Office: Standards for Performance and Professional Responsibility Last update or version was dated February 2009.  If that previous link is broken or removed, an archived copy (pdf) can also be found at this link.

 

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North Carolina.  Code of Ethical Conduct for Interpreters

 

bulletOregon.  Code of Professional Responsibility for Interpreters in the Oregon Courts.  A copy is also archived at this link.

 

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Sierra Leone.   Code of Ethics for Interpreters and Translators Employed by the Special Court for Sierra Leone, adopted 2004.

 

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South Carolina.  Rules of Professional Conduct for Court Interpreters.  Dated or adopted 2006.  If the link to the court's website ever changes or breaks, you can find an archived version of the Rules at this link

 

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Tennessee.  Code of Ethics for Court Interpreters, adopted 2002.  The Tennessee Courts' website sometimes goes down, so you can also find a copy of the document at this link in Microsoft Word.  

 

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Texas.  Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility of Certified Court InterpretersPublished by the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.  Footnote date shows June 2006.  

 

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UtahCode of Professional Responsibility for Court Interpreters

 

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Virginia.  Virginia's Code of Professional Responsibility for Interpreters

 

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Wisconsin.  The Court System of the State of Wisconsin adopted an interpreter ethics code in 2002.