Illinois Supreme Court Language Access Policy and
Code of Interpreter Ethics
The Illinois Supreme Court Language Access Policy identifies the broad scope of individuals eligible to receive interpreter services, establishes a three-tiered certification system for court interpreters and provides standardized guidance to promote language access in Illinois courts statewide.
The Illinois Interpreter's Code of Ethics clarifies the proper scope of an interpreter's role and their responsibilities. The standards also establish duties to interpret accurately without omissions or additions, not offer legal advice, maintain confidentiality for privileged communications, be proficient in both English and the foreign language, be impartial to all parties involved, and report errors and other serious communication difficulties to the court.