As a per diem, contract interpreter for the Massachusetts Trial Court System, I travel to many courts and work in District, Probate, Civil, Juvenile, and/or Housing Courts.
In addition, I am contacted for out of court assignments after court hours by Public Defenders and private attorneys.
It is truly a fascinating job; however, it would be awesome to receive benefits, paid holidays, sick time, and vacation time.
I have learned to function under strenuous conditions, such as for jury trials, for inmates and their attorneys , and/or probation officers, for Restraining Orders Sessions, etc.
I very much enjoy seeing, and occasionally collaborating with, my colleagues.
We each receive our schedules for the upcoming week [subject to change], and it's always fun to open the Email to learn where and when we will be scheduled.
We interact regularly with schedulers out of the Boston based Office of Court Interpreter Services, and aside from them, we are for the most part independent contractors.
We fill out invoices, called DSR's, in order to get paid for each court we attend, and submit them by mail.
I very much enjoy working as a court interpreter, but would appreciate receiving a regular paycheck. The hardest part of the job is waiting to get paid.
Being a court interpreter is always challenging and fascinating, but never boring
Paychecks are paid whenever they are processed, but one cannot expect to be paid every 2 weeks.