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Foreign Language Interpreters

 

Certified Interpreters

The State Court Administrative Office certifies foreign language interpreters.  Courts may use provisionally or fully certified interpreters to comply with the court rule requirement to use a certified interpreter.

 

Persons who want to be certified as foreign language interpreters in Michigan’s courts must pass two tests demonstrating their abilities to interpret. The two tests are:

    1. a written examination demonstrating English proficiency and knowledge of general courtroom procedures. A person must pass the written examination to be eligible to take the oral examination.
    2. an oral examination consisting of:
    • sight translation of a document from English to a target language and from that target language to English;
    • consecutive interpretation from English to a target language and from that target language to English; and
    • simultaneous interpretation from English to a target language and from that target language to English.

 

A person who has passed all three portions of the oral exam is fully certified.  A person who has passed the sight translation and either the consecutive interpretation portion or simultaneous interpretation portion of the oral examination is considered provisionally certified. A person who has passed the written examination but has not passed the oral examination is considered qualified.  

 

 Certified Interpreters and Provisionally Certified Interpreters

 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
collapse Language : Arabic ‎(3)
Elsayed, Dr. AhmedDearborn HeightsMI313-247-8576313-461-3644 info@americaninterpretersresearch.comArabic10/2004
Hannawi, KamalDearbornMI313-485-1616Arabic10/2007
Hijazeen, RaniaNoviMI248-880-6650Arabic4/2006
collapse Language : French ‎(2)
Messina, JoanieWarrenMI586-823-1406French10/2014
Olesen, IsabelleBataviaIL815-494-4168French10/2011
collapse Language : Japanese ‎(1)
Suzuki, IzumiNoviMI248-344-0909248-343-9102Japanese6/2003
collapse Language : Mandarin ‎(3)
Ralph, WeiGoodlettsvilleTN615-498-6539Mandarin6/2010
Tang, DiEast LansingMI517-580-2052Mandarin10/2016
Wang, ReneeGermantownMD(502) 681-8936Mandarin
collapse Language : Russian ‎(3)
Bromberg, JinnyWest BloomfieldMI248-929-1444313-871-0080 Ext. 4981Russian9/2004
Hoyt, Bella AngelAnn ArborMI734-320-9559734-214-2755Russian10/2017
Jesionowski, IraidaBloomfieldMI248-217-1515248-289-6122Russian8/2009
collapse Language : Spanish ‎(24)
Alfaro, ArturoClarkstonMI(248) 842-9004(248) 391-6166Spanish10/2014
Bazzi, ReinaPlymouthMI734-765-8477Spanish11/2003
Bos, DonnaGrandvilleMI616-443-6770616-443-5643Spanish5/2010
Boyd, RalonAnn ArborMI734-642-5664Spanish06/2019
Brubaker-Salcedo, TamaraLowellMI616-460-3126Spanish1/2002
Camargo, HenryNoviMI248-736-3501248-308-2477Spanish9/2011
De la Rosa-Sherman, MercedesGrand HavenMI919-599-2425269-685-6010Spanish10/2008
Doezema Steinhauser, RuthBenton HarborMI269-926-4391269-519-3930Spanish5/2008
Donohue, EllenEast LansingMI517-712-2449Spanish12/2000
Esau, LaRonChicagoIL312-315-8575312-621-2210Spanish10/2017
Fernandez de Cordova, MauricioEast LansingMI517-712-2447Spanish10/2004
Fiszman-Kirsch, MargieWest BloomfieldMI248-568-0455Spanish8/2013
Gialdi, MariaRochesterMI248-342-5511Spanish6/2003
Gomez, XicoRoyal OakMI248-709-1693248-629-9652Spanish5/2010
Hollow, LuluRoyal OakMI248-548-6733248-259-8421Spanish11/2003
Laurence, PeterCamarilloCA805-402-7087Spanish10/2007
Lepeley, CynthiaToledoOH419-705-5212Spanish2/2012
Lixey, EricChelseaMI734-546-8360512-703-0016Spanish6/2018
Longley, MariaBloomfield HillsMI248-978-6265248-540-9210Spanish12/2000
O'Donnell, PaulGrosse pointe ParkMI313-473-8100248-346-4136Spanish8/2010
Pacheco, ErandyLake OrionMI586-365-9907Spanish8/2013
Reinhold, GloriaAnn ArborMI734-272-3138Spanish3/2006
Rybaski, AdrianaMarneMI616-485-1030Spanish8/2010
Villarruel, EvelynLivoniaMI734-634-0882248-888-8024Spanish6/2004

Qualified Interpreters

A person who has registered with the State Court Administrative Office and passed  the written examination* meets the requirements established by the state court administrator for classification as a qualified foreign language interpreter under Michigan Court Rule 1.111(A)(7).  The rule further requires the court to conduct voir dire to determine that the individual is competent to provide interpretation services for the proceeding in which the interpreter is providing services.


The following are the names of individuals who have passed the written examination only and are considered qualified by the State Court Administrative Office to interpret court proceedings subject to voir dire.


*Individuals who register after September 1, 2019, must also pass the consecutive portion of the oral proficiency examination if an examination is available in their target language.

 

 Qualified Interpreters for Languages with an Available Test

 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
collapse Language : Arabic ‎(24)
Alghazzy, ShamcyElm GroveWI847-372-1791Arabic4/2018
Asmar, SarahWEst BloomfieldMI248-854-9755Arabic07/2019
Ayoub, HusseinRochester HillsMI248-840-5804Arabic3/2018
Bahri, ShawkiSterling HeightsMI586-254-7453586-219-7371Arabic7/2015
Dervartanian, HermineBeverly HillsMI248-259-4210248-644-6055Arabic07/2018
Elsebaei, YasserCantonMI248-250-1508Arabic8/2013
Fadel, ZiadDearbornMI313-584-1900313-269-7525Arabic6/2008
Ghanem, TaniaGrosse Pointe WoodsMI313-770-0026Arabic1/2017
Gharbia, HossamCantonMI(734) 674-2644Arabic3/2017
Habbal, RatibCantonMI248-390-5910Arabic11/2008
Hermiz, YousifWest BloomfieldMI248-766-2204Arabic3/2016
Jolagh, KennethFarmington HillsMI248-497-6236Arabic3/2012
Kattouah, NashwaWixomMI248-219-0508248-557-4646Arabic6/2011
Kishmish, SeereenNorthvilleMI248-790-0308Arabic2/2018
Matti, JinaCenterlineMI810-908-0211Arabic7/2018
Mechael, DeanFarmington HillsMI248-929-2543Arabic07/2018
Nafsu, WejdanWaterfordMI248-462-4141Arabic6/2011
Nassif, WalidDearbornMI313-598-0000Arabic09/2013
Nona, NabilSterling HeightsMI586-604-2864Arabic7/2017
Rahal, SamerahDearborn HeightsMI313-617-0540Arabic3/2007
Salman, HasanDearbornMI313-333-2421Arabic03/2011
Slieman, AmalInksterMI(313) 269-3280Arabic7/2019
Sorisho, MumtazOakland TownshipMI248-904-0218313-333-2421Arabic3/2008
Yasin, HashemYpsilantiMI734-890-0209734-394-7891Arabic6/2011
collapse Language : Bosnian ‎(2)
Savich, CarlSterling HeightsMI586-795-8515Bosnian7/2019
Thorne, AlmaWarrenMI313-506-2339Bosnian2/2010
collapse Language : Cantonese ‎(1)
Tang, DiEast LansingMI517-580-2052Cantonese7/2015
collapse Language : Croatian ‎(2)
Savich, CarlSterling HeightsMI(586) 795-8515Croatian7/2019
Thorne, AlmaWarrenMI313-506-2339Croatian2/2010
collapse Language : Filipino (Tagalog) ‎(1)
Tchou, TeresitaDetroitMI313-533-3085Filipino (Tagalog)3/2014
collapse Language : French ‎(5)
Ghanem, TaniaGrosse Pointe WoodsMI313-770-0026French1/2017
Nsengiyumva, LeopoldKalamazooMI269-330-8724269-978-8515French3/2015
Olbrys, Kim-HaoBloormfield TownshipMI248-379-3480248-626-8675French8/2007
Olbrys, Kim-Hao N.Bloomfield TownshipMI248-379-3480248-626-8675French8/2007
Williamson, ElizabethGrand BlancMI810-428-9710French3/2014
collapse Language : Hmong ‎(1)
Yang, LangRichvilleMI989-239-4758989-882-9104Hmong3/2012
collapse Language : Korean ‎(4)
Cho, TheresaWaterfordMI248-747-3082Korean3/2014
Kang, LauraRochester HillsMI586-808-0023Korean03/2018
Keast, ChungFlintMI810-272-0226Korean7/2017
Lee, Chang H.YpsilantiMI734-249-0051Korean3/2018
collapse Language : Laotian ‎(1)
Tasma, PoowanatLivoniaMI419-973-4995Laotian3/2012
collapse Language : Mandarin ‎(6)
Chyn, ChristinaBloomfield HillsMI248-912-5577Mandarin6/2013
Huang, HejuNoviMI248-719-1766Mandarin
Huang, JudyTroyMI248-703-4131Mandarin6/2011
Huang, ZhengChicagoIL773-312-1924312-451-2488Mandarin3/2018
Mann, Stephanie Ruey-YehBeverly HillsMI248-808-7881248-593-0995Mandarin8/2013
Tang, DiEast LansingMI517-580-2052Mandarin7/2015
collapse Language : Polish ‎(2)
Bazylewicz, MartynaClawsonMI248-972-7952Polish7/2015
Szajnert, MariuszTroyMI248-689-0180Polish3/2014
collapse Language : Portuguese ‎(1)
Grohol, KarenSanfordMI989-600-4217Portuguese7/2017
collapse Language : Russian ‎(4)
Arnion, MariaWaterfordMI248-420-2553Russian07/2017
Lushnikova-Abbott, AllaBirminghamMI248-231-5548Russian
Mydzian, TatyanaWest BloomfieldMI716-507-2861Russian3/2014
Oja, NadyaClawsonMI248-495-4694Russian3/2018
collapse Language : Serbian ‎(2)
Savich, CarlSterling HeightsMI(586) 795-8515Serbian7/2019
Thorne, AlmaWarrenMI313-506-2339Serbian2/2010
collapse Language : Spanish ‎(41)
Alatorre, AlfredoWarrenMI(313) 398-4452Spanish6/2013
Bello, PabloGrand RapidsMI616-570-2002Spanish6/2009
Caceres, RicardoAuburn HillsMI248-619-6261(248) 481-3448Spanish3/2012
Castillo Soruco, ElectoPortageMI269-615-6247Spanish03/2019
Castillo-Huerta, JoseGrand RapidsMI616-238-4569Spanish3/2015
Castro, TeresaGrand RapidsMI616-427-0015Spanish3/2017
Clopatofsky, IrinaBattle CreekMI269-660-8056Spanish3/2012
Cox, MariaSwartz CreekMI810-919-0701810-219-7555Spanish03/2017
Darden, DelilahDetroitMI810-285-6247Spanish03/2019
Denoyer, JacquelinePortageMI269-841-4111269-615-5966Spanish7/2015
Dominguez, RosaCaroMI989-429-3516Spanish3/2016
Francisco, GracielaGrand RapidsMI331-330-0460Spanish3/2016
Fuehring, KathyHartMI231-873-5409Spanish3/2014
Gonzalez, CalebAlleganMI616-350-2797269-236-6125Spanish03/2017
Hannawi, KamalDearbornMI313-485-1616Spanish10/2007
Heisley, EricAnn ArborMI614-598-4531419-973-0023Spanish03/2019
Heisley, ShalondaAnn ArborMI419-973-0023614-598-4531Spanish3/2019
Hernandez, AngelicaWoodhavenMI734-675-6034734-552-5680Spanish3/2014
Hernandez, EmmaCantonMI269-365-4422734-398-0543Spanish6/2012
Ledesma, MarioLansingMI517-483-6055Spanish3/2019
Ledon, CharoAnn ArborMI734-213-5396Spanish3/2011
Merritt, StevenFarmington HillsMI734-546-1751734-274-4704Spanish3/2014
Montenegro, AlbaCantonMI734-657-9992Spanish3/2019
Montero, VivianKalamazooMI269-553-3304269-599-2653Spanish3/2014
Munoz, RobertoDearbornMI313-336-7761313-815-3146Spanish06/2011
Murillo, YeseniaLansingMI517-582-2941Spanish7/2019
Negron, RobertoParmaMI517-513-0271Spanish3/2018
Nissani, EricFarmington HillsMI248-444-8447Spanish8/2007
Ochoa, GracielaHollandMI616-283-1952269-543-3164Spanish3/2009
Perez, PatrickGrand RapidsMI616-822-0565Spanish6/2013
Rocco, MariaAdaMI917-913-5158Spanish3/2017
Rubio, GabrielHollandMI616-392-5358646-566-6078Spanish3/2015
Rubio-Godoy, MagdalenaHollandMI616-392-5358646-566-6079Spanish3/2015
Ruiz, JoseHowellMI517-918-2836Spanish3/2007
Ucros, InesRiverviewMI734-673-4562Spanish3/2012
Ugalde, Jr., RaymondSt. JosephMI248-709-5995Spanish3/2014
Vater, KarenBattle CreekMI(269) 830-8102Spanish
Villarruel, RafaelLivoniaMI248-888-8024Spanish7/2014
Vivian, AntoniaRochester HillsMI248-321-4434Spanish7/2016
Yasin, FehmiYpsilantiMI313-401-8933Spanish3/2015
Yasin, HashemYpsilantiMI734-890-0209734-394-7891Spanish6/2011
collapse Language : Vietnamese ‎(3)
Olbrys, Kim-HaoBloormfield TownshipMI248-379-3480248-626-8675Vietnamese8/2007
Tran, Nguyet AnhGrand RapidsMI616-249-1696616-581-7356Vietnamese3/2016
Tran, ThuyGrand RapidsMI616-365-3792616-249-1696Vietnamese07/2016

 

 

 Qualified Interpreters for Languages with No Available Test

 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
collapse Language : Albanian ‎(1)
Myftari, SuzanaTroyMI248-288-6440248-217-0128Albanian3/2015
collapse Language : Aramaic ‎(6)
Asmar, SarahWest BloomfieldMI248-854-9755Aramaic07/2018
Bahri, ShawkiSterling HeightsMI586-254-7453586-219-7371Aramaic7/2015
Jolagh, KennethFarmington HillsMI248-497-6236Aramaic3/2012
Kishmish, SeereenNorthvilleMI248-790-0308Aramaic2/2018
Matti, JinaCenterlineMI810-908-0211Aramaic7/2018
Mechael, DeanFarmington HillsMIAramaic07/2019
collapse Language : Armenian ‎(1)
Dervartanian, HermineBeverly HillsMI248-259--4210248-644-6055Armenian7/2018
collapse Language : Assyrian ‎(4)
Asmar, SarahWest BloomfieldMI248-854-9755Assyrian07/2018
Jolagh, KennethFarmington HillsMI248-497-6236Assyrian3/2012
Mechael, DeanFarmington HillsMI248-929-2543Assyrian7/2019
Nona, NabilSterling HeightsMI586-604-2864Assyrian7/2017
collapse Language : Bengali ‎(1)
Mohsin, MichaelHamtramckMI586-806-7153Bengali3/2018
collapse Language : Chaldean ‎(10)
Asmar, SarahWest BloomfieldMI248-854-9755Chaldean07/2018
Hermiz, YousifWest BloomfieldMI248-766-2204Chaldean3/2016
Jolagh, KennethFarmington HillsMI248-497-6236Chaldean3/2012
Kattouah, NashwaWixomMI248-219-0508248-557-4646Chaldean6/2011
Matti, JinaCenterlineMI810-908-0211Chaldean7/2018
Mechael, DeanFarmington HillsMI248-929-2543Chaldean07/2018
Mechael, DeanFarmington HIllsMI248-929-2543Chaldean07/2019
Nafsu, WejdanWaterfordMI248-462-4141Chaldean6/2011
Nona, NabilSterling HeightsMI586-604-2864Chaldean7/2017
Sorisho, MumtazOakland TownshipMI248-904-0218248-345-0832Chaldean3/2008
collapse Language : Farsi ‎(1)
Tishbi, YoussefClawsonMI248-342-8031Farsi
collapse Language : German ‎(2)
Boppel, FrankGrand RapidsMI616-516-1479German3/2019
Turner, BeateWest BloomfieldMI248-910-5352German3/2019
collapse Language : Hindi ‎(2)
Ahmad, KhalidWest BloomfieldMI248-686-4042248-229-3235Hindi3/2016
Hussain, ArifYpsilantiMI734-812-2873734-337-3318Hindi8/2007
collapse Language : Hungarian ‎(1)
Lushnikova-Abbott, AllaBirminghamMI248-231-5548Hungarian3/2018
collapse Language : Italian ‎(1)
Vivian, AntoniaRochester HillsMI248-321-4434Italian7/2016
collapse Language : Kinyarwanda ‎(1)
Nsengiyumva, LeopoldKalamazooMI269-330-8724269-978-8515Kinyarwanda3/2015
collapse Language : Kirundi ‎(1)
Nsengiyumva, LeopoldKalamazooMI269-330-8724269-978-8515Kirundi3/2015
collapse Language : Kiswahili ‎(1)
Nsengiyumva, LeopoldKalamazooMI269-330-8724269-978-8515Kiswahili3/2015
collapse Language : Macedonian ‎(1)
Savich, CarlSterling HeightsMI586-795-8515Macedonian7/2019
collapse Language : Persian ‎(1)
Tishbi, YoussefClawsonMI248-342-8031Persian
collapse Language : Punjabi ‎(2)
Ahmad, KhalidWest BloomfieldMI248-686-4042248-229-3235Punjabi3/2016
Hussain, ArifYpsilantiMI734-812-2873734-337-3318Punjabi8/2007
collapse Language : Romanian ‎(1)
Bos, DonnaGrandvilleMI616-443-67706616-443-5643Romanian5/2010
collapse Language : Shanghainese ‎(1)
Huang, HejuNoviMI248-719-1766248-596-1780Shanghainese07/2017
collapse Language : Taiwanese ‎(1)
Chyn, ChristinaBloomfield HillsMI248-912-5577Taiwanese6/2013
collapse Language : Thai ‎(1)
Tasma, PoowanatLivoniaMI419-973-4995Thai3/2012
collapse Language : Ukrainian ‎(4)
Hoyt, Bella AngelAnn ArborMI734-320-9559734-214-2755Ukrainian3/2012
Lushnikova-Abbott, AllaBirminghamMI248-231-5548Ukrainian3/2018
Mydzian, TatyanaWest BloomfieldMI716-507-2861248-716-9030Ukrainian3/2014
Oja, NadyaClawsonMI248-495-4694Ukrainian3/2018
collapse Language : Urdu ‎(2)
Ahmad, KhalidWest BloomfieldMI248-686-4042248-229-3235Urdu3/2016
Hussain, ArifYpsilantiMI734-812-2873734-337-3318Urdu8/2007

 

 

 Court Interpreter Firms

 
  
  
  
  
  
ABC Accurate Language ServicesSouthfieldMI248-321-9163248-854-9755
Accurate Interpreters, LLCGrand RapidsMI616-460-3126
Advance Interpretations, LLCDearborn HeightsMI313-617-0540
Afrin Translation, Inc.TroyMI586-823-9258
American Interpreters and Research ServicesDearborn HeightsMI313-247-8576
Bromberg & Associates, LLCHamtramckMI48-929-1444313-871-0080 Extension 4981
Executive Language ServicesBloomfield HillsMI248-357-0625248-613-7454
Fidelity Language Resources LLCGrand RapidsMI616-443-6770
ILS National, Inc.LisleIL888-522-552753-926-0421
Legal, Inc.WestlandMI734-394-7891734-890-0209
Liaison Linguistics, LLCGrand RapidsMI616-249-1696616-560-8492
MML Inc.Bloomfield HillsMI248-540-9210248-978-6265
MRG-TranslationsHollandMI616-392-5358616-566-6079
Nona Agency, LLCSterling HeightsMI586-604-2864
Suzuki, Myers & Associates, Ltd.NoviMI248-344-0909248-343-9102
University Translators Services, LLCAnn ArborMI734-665-7295734-604-9140
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​Staff Contact

Stacy Westra

Language Access Coordinator

E-mail: languageaccess
@courts.mi.gov

(517) 373-9526