Workshop Providers

The Administrative Office of the Courts requests applications for approved training curriculum for the Ethics & Skill Building Workshop, required by Supreme Court Rule 42, Section 5(a)(2), in an effort to offer affordable workshops in multiple parts of the state. Agencies and nonprofit entities are encouraged to apply, provided that the trainers utilized meet the criteria listed below. Only AOC approved curriculum courses will be accepted by the AOC as meeting the requirements of Supreme Court Rule 42, Section 5(a)(2).

Instructor and Curriculum Criteria:

  • If Instructors are interpreters, they must possess credentials as a TN State Certified Court Interpreter or a Federally Certified Court Interpreter.
  • All instructors shall be in good standing with any professional boards or agencies for his/her particular profession, including, if applicable, the AOC Court Interpreter Credentialing Program.
  • 14 hour curriculum (excluding meal and snack breaks) must include:
    • Introduction to interpreting profession;
    • Overview of the Court Interpreter Credentialing Program, per the interpreter manual and Supreme Court Rules 41 and 42;
    • Ethical issues, responsibilities, practices;
    • Overview of legal terminology;
    • Overview of TN Courts;
    • Modes of Interpretation (sight translation, consecutive interpretation, simultaneous interpretation); and
    • Vocabulary Development/Idiomatic Expressions.

Instructors must comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act Judicial Program and therefore will be responsible for requests for modification for those with qualified disabilities. 

For more information and to apply to become a workshop provider, please download and complete the application form.