- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

LONG BEACH, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Administrative Office of Courts will introduce bilingual speakers to the requirements for court interpreting on June 17-18 in Long Beach.

Three seminars are conducted each year in the northern, central and southern regions of the state. The fall seminar is scheduled for Oct. 7-8 in Tupelo at the Community Development Foundation Center.

The AOC developed the Mississippi Court Interpreter Credentialing Program to assist the courts in Mississippi in their endeavors to provide equal access to justice for limited English proficiency individuals.

The AOC provides judges in all state courts with a list of approved language interpreters.

AOC officials hope to train and issue credentials to interpreters in many languages. The biggest need is for those who speak Spanish or Vietnamese.

Thirteen interpreters currently are credentialed by AOC.

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