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Supreme Court of Oklahoma

September 11, 2017

Withdrawal and Replacement of Rule 12 of the Rules of the State Board of Examiners of Certified Courtroom Interpreters

          CERTIFIED SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS

         As set forth in the Oklahoma Legal Interpreter for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Act, 63 O.S. §2407, et seq., a "qualified legal interpreter" for a deaf or hard-of-hearing individual in the Oklahoma courts shall include an interpreter who has been certified by the State Board of Examiners of Certified Courtroom Interpreters. In order to provide for such a certification process by the Board, Rule 12 of the Rules of the State Board of Examiners of Certified Courtroom Interpreters, Title 20, Chapter 23, App. II, as adopted by order of the Supreme Court, 2015 OK 2, effective January 12, 2015, is hereby withdrawn and replaced in its entirety as set forth on the attached Exhibit.

         Done by order of the Oklahoma Supreme Court in conference this 11 th day of September, 2017.

         EXHIBIT to SCAD 2017-43

         Rule 12 of the Rules of the State Board of Examiners of Certified Courtroom Interpreters, as adopted by order of the Supreme Court, 2015 OK 2 , effective January 12, 2015, is hereby withdrawn and replaced in its entirety with the following:

Rules of the State Board of Examiners of Certified Courtroom Interpreters
Title 20, Chapter 23, App. II
Rule 12 - Sign Language Interpreters

         a) The Board is authorized to maintain a registry of courtroom interpreters for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. A "Certified Sign Language Interpreter" is a sign language interpreter who has satisfied the requirements set forth in this rule, and whose registration with the Board is current.

         b) To become listed on the registry as a Certified Sign Language Interpreter, the candidate must:

1) Meet the general requirements for eligibility, as provided in Rule 3 above;
2) Complete an interpreter orientation training program as approved by the Board;
3) Pass the NCSC Court Interpreter Written Examination;
4) Agree in writing to be bound by the Code of Professional Responsibility for Courtroom Interpreters in Oklahoma; and
5) Prove that he or she holds at least one of the following sign language interpreting credentials from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID): SC:L, NIC, NIC-A, NIC-M, CI, CT, NAD V, and/or CDI, or a similar credential which the Board ...

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