Massachusetts Association of Court Interpreters (MACI) is a newly formed organization that advocates for the approximate 170 judicial interpreters who provide services to Limited English Proficiency (LEP) persons in 70 different languages in the courthouses across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We are proud to work with Massachusetts, a state also known as the Spirit of America, with its LEP population among the ten largest in the United States.
Not all people who speak another language have the ability to interpret. For the same reason, not all interpreters, including simultaneous or consecutive conference interpreters, would feel comfortable interpreting in the legal setting. As judicial interpreters, we not only possess unique skills, but abide by professional ethics to ensure that the LEP persons will be provided with meaningful access to our judicial system.
The Massachusetts Association of Court Interpreters believes that LEP individual have a right to equal access to justice and that professional court interpreting is an essential component of the administration of justice.
We are committed to advocating for all LEP personsˊ right to a qualified court interpreter, while working to preserve the integrity of the profession and striving to improve interpreting services throughout the courts of the Commonwealth.