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.


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. Congratulations to the cast for an outstanding job!

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

Interpreting Internships, 2015

Over the summer, SDNY staff interpreters mentored two interns. We welcomed the opportunity to work with two motivated college graduates interested in preparing for a career in court interpreting. Our goal for this internship was to help them acquire specialized language and develop basic interpreting and translation skills.

Please see /internships/2015 to read the entire article.

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