What is the Telephone Interpreting Program (TIP)?

The Telephone Interpreting Program (TIP) is a telephone interpreting system developed by the Administrative Office to allow an interpreter at a remote location to deliver interpreting services using the consecutive interpreting mode for the record and the simultaneous mode for the defendant, by means of two-line telephone system.

The U.S. Court Telephone Interpreting Program has provided interpreting for courts nationwide since 1991 in a variety of languages and settings. TIP interpreting is ordinarily done in the simultaneous mode, allowing dual-language hearings to proceed at the same pace as those conducted in English only. Since defendants and witnesses hear languages other than English through telephone handsets or headsets, interpreter interference in the courtroom is minimal. TIP is designed to provide services of certified Spanish and Haitian Creole interpreters as well as Professionally Qualified interpreters for other languages for those districts where interpreters are not readily available. The use of TIP is limited to brief hearings, not to exceed 45 minutes.

The SDFL is one of the provider courts for TIP and provides services nationwide in addition to intra-district services to outlying divisions in south Florida. Requests for TIP services should be directed to the Interpreters Office.

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