Office of the Trial Court, Massachusetts
OFFICE OF COURT INTERPRETER SERVICES
OCIS MANDATORY ETHICS EXAM
Deadline: Friday May 28, 2010
Professionally-trained court interpreters
have an individual responsibility to know and uphold
their ethical standards of practice in the performance
of their duties. The Code
of Professional Conduct for Court Interpreters
of the Trial Court (Code
of Conduct) Section 4.00 of the Standards & Procedures
of the Office of Court Interpreter Services (Standards & Procedures)
governs the role of Massachusetts court interpreters.
Following the November 2009 issuance of a revised
Code of Conduct, the Office of Court Interpreter
Services is pleased to offer its Mandatory Ethics
Training in 2010 to help its interpreters apply
the currently approved standards of practice.
Early in 2010, OCIS interpreters
were required to submit a document attesting to
having read the revised Standards & Procedures.
The next steps to the OCIS general Ethics Training
are to complete the Written Ethics Exam and send
the Answer Sheet to OCIS by the deadline, and to
attend the Ethics Workshop. All three steps will
remain a mandatory requirement for OCIS interpreters
in the future.
Description and Purpose of
the Ethics Exam
The Ethics Exam is comprised of multiple-choice questions that
reference each section of the Code of Conduct, and for which the
code provides concrete responses. This preliminary, detailed review
of the contents of the Code of Conduct will prepare interpreters
for the interactive analysis and discussion of ethically-challenging
scenarios at the Workshop later on.
Submitting the Completed
Ethics Exam: Mandatory Requirement
||All currently active
OCIS screened and certified interpreters must
complete the Ethics Exam before attending the
||The Ethics Exam is based directly
on the contents of the Code of Conduct. All
questions have a specific response available
on the Code of Conduct, and you should answer
the questions accordingly. (See "Instructions
for Completing the Ethics Exam.")
||Interpreters may either download
or print-out the Answer
on this web site to indicate their responses
to the exam questions.
OCIS will correct all the
Answer Sheets and will return them to interpreters
on the day they attend their Ethics Workshop,
where there will be a general run-through of
the exam. Results will be confidential.
In reviewing interpreters'
responses to the exam OCIS will acquire a more
precise picture of the areas to focus on in terms
of ethics training and continuing education.
Although there will not be an actual grade assigned
to exams, OCIS encourages its interpreters to
clarify areas of doubt as they become evident
from the correction of their Answer Sheets. The
Ethics Exam should serve OCIS interpreters as
a guideline for continued self-study and review
of the Code of Conduct.
The completed Answer Sheet must
be submitted to OCIS by Friday May 28, 2010 by
fax, mail or e-mail:
write "Answer Sheet" on the Subject Line)
||Office of Court Interpreter
Services, 2 Center Plaza, Boston, MA 02108