For interpreters

Courtroom-to-Classroom project

Description
Interpreters who are going through the certification program have an additional educational opportunity to observe courtroom proceedings in selected courts and then spend some time with the judge after the proceedings to go over key legal concepts, terminology, procedure, and to ask specific questions about the hearing you just observed.

How it works
Identify a courtroom that is convenient for you. See the list below of available courts around the state, as well as the map. Call the phone number and let the judge or judicial clerk/assistant know you are calling to participate in the Courtroom-to-Classroom project and are interested in setting up a time to observe several short proceedings or one longer hearing (over an hour). The hearing does not need to be an interpreted hearing and in fact, it would better for you to begin observing hearings where all the litigants speak English. After the hearing, the judge will sit down with you one-on-one and go over what you saw and heard. It is your opportunity to ask questions and to clarify any concepts or procedures that were confusing to you and a way to make you more familiar with court environment and protocol before you are actually asked to interpret. There is no limit on the number of times an interpreter candidate can participate in this project.

Please call at least two weeks in advance to set up a time to attend court. Once you have set up a time and date with the judge, let the Court Interpreter Program know when, where and with which judge it will be. The program manager will follow up with the judge to make sure he or she is ready for you when you arrive. The judges have been given a set of questions to ask you to help facilitate the discussion if necessary. Please remember that courts are generally formal places, so kindly make sure your attire is appropriate.

Evaluation
Since this is a new pilot project, please contact the Court Interpreter Program manager after your first session. A short evaluation form will be e-mailed to you for completion. If you have any specific suggestions on improvements with your experience, we welcome your comments.

Courtroom-to-Classroom judges (see map PDF)

Branch Judge County Contact number
33 Ashley, Carl Milwaukee (414) 278-5316
3 Cray, Steven Chippewa (715) 738-7300
1 Daley, James Rock (608) 743-2261
  Damon, John Trempealeau (715) 538-2311 ext. 239
1 English, Dale Fond du Lac (920) 929-3072
3 Key, Barbara Winnebago (920) 236-4835
5 Moran, Mike Marathon (715) 261-1381
3 Needham, Scott St. Croix (715) 386-4611
9 Niess, Richard Dane (608) 266-4009
3 Ramirez, Ralph Waukesha (262) 548-7543
25 Rothstein, Stephanie Milwaukee (414) 278-4955
9 Van Grunsven, Paul Milwaukee (414) 278-4517
2 Vlack, Edward St. Croix (715) 386-4612
1 Zuidmulder, Donald Brown (920) 448-4110

Back to resources