The SDNY Interpreters Office

The Southern District of New York Interpreters Office coordinates the provision of interpreters and/or translators as needed by the District Court, Pretrial Services Agency, Probation Department or other arm of the court.

Pursuant to the Court Interpreter's Act (28 USC 1827), each federal court is required to provide, at judiciary expense, a certified or otherwise qualified interpreter in judicial proceedings instituted by the United States for a party who speaks only or primarily a language other than English. According to the Act, the United States Attorney's Office is responsible for securing the services of interpreters for government witnesses.

Pursuant to Judicial Conference policy (September 1995), each federal court is required to provide, at judiciary expense, sign language interpreters or other appropriate auxiliary aids and services to participants in federal court proceedings (civil as well as criminal cases) who are deaf, hearing-impaired, or have other communications disabilities.

This site is intended to provide information about the field and practice of court interpreting —also known as judiciary interpreting or legal interpreting— to court personnel, members of the bar and bench, interpreters and the public.

Announcements

New contract

There is a new contract for fiscal year 2017, which all contract interpreters working in the Southern District of New York are required to sign. Please download, print and complete the Rate and Information Sheet, and return it to:

U.S. District Court
Southern District of New York
500 Pearl St.
Interpreters Office - Room 280
New York, NY  10007

The contract for FY2017 goes into effect as of October 1, 2016. The terms and conditions are identical with those of last year's contract.

The Courthouse Follies!

truly funny legal/political satireThe next performance of SDNY's deservedly legendary Courthouse Follies, directed by one of our staff interpreters, is scheduled for Friday December 2, 2016. Our most recent show -- the 22nd annual performance -- took place on Friday, December 4, 2015, and was once again extremely well-received.

Mileage Reimbursement Rates

The General Services Administration (GSA) has announced a decrease in the reimbursement mileage rates for privately owned automobiles, motorcycles, and airplanes when used for official travel. The new reimbursement mileage rates went into effect on January 1, 2016, for travel performed on or after that date.

Automobiles:   $0.54 per mile
Motorcycles:   $0.51 per mile
Airplanes:       $1.17 per mile

Per diem rates for contract interpreters

The current per diem rates went into effect on October 1, 2015.