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.


New per diem rates for contract interpreters

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

New contract

The contract for fiscal year 2016 provides for a rate increase, effective October 1, 2015. All other terms and conditions of the contract remain the same.  Any contract interpreter who provides services to this Court must complete a 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

Please download and Information Sheet 10-1-15 to 09-30-16.pdf

Courthouse Follies, 2015

The Courthouse Follies will take the stage once again on December 4, 2015, and we are looking for performers. Please see for further information.

SDNY Website Renovation

Last summer the SDNY Interpreters Office launched a long-overdue renovated version of its public website While most of the content is substantially the same as before, the presentation has been completely updated to make the site mobile-device-friendly, more standards-compliant, and easier to maintain (thanks to a reputable open-source content management system). We welcome your comments -- in particular, the webmaster would be interested in hearing about your experience viewing the site with a smartphone or tablet.