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January 1, 2013
Proposed Amendments to Rules for Certification and Regulation of Court Interpreters

THE SUPREME COURT’S COURT INTERPRETER CERTIFICATION BOARD submits for comment its draft proposed amendments to the Florida Rules for Certification and Regulation of Court Interpreters.

Proposed revisions will restructure spoken language court interpreter designations based on increasing levels of accomplishment under testing measuring essential interpreting skills. Expanding the number of designations from two to three, revised provisions will afford an expressed preference for “certified” interpreters over others meeting a lesser threshold of eligibility. New “language skilled” and “provisionally approved” designations will replace the current “duly qualified” designation. The “language skilled” designation will be reserved for individuals who, but for unavailability of a state-certifying examination in their language of expertise, meet all other requirements for certification. The “provisionally approved” designation recognizes individuals demonstrating interpreting skills on an oral performance examination at a prescribed level insufficient for certification, but higher than presently required of “duly qualified” interpreters. Retained reference to “qualified” or “duly qualified” interpreters is limited to general or collective reference only to individuals who are “certified,” “language skilled,” or “provisionally approved.” Though impacting appointment of interpreters under Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.560(e), as applied, the proposed change would appear to exert no compelling or immediate cause to modify this or any other rule or statutory provision referencing qualified or duly qualified interpreters.


The proposed changes plainly encourage spoken language court interpreters to become certified and promote ongoing development of essential skills. Toward that end, provisionally approved interpreters would be expected to pass a state-certifying examination and become certified within two years. Persons newly employed by the state courts system in court interpreting positions must become certified within one year of their hire date. Similarly, language skilled interpreters will be required to pass a state-certifying examination within two years of such examination becoming available in the language of their expertise. In order to maintain official designation under the proposed rule, all interpreters will be required, in the course of a two-year compliance period, to complete 40 hours of law-related professional interpreting services and 16 credit hours of continuing education.


Further, the proposal will extend required compliance with the court interpreter code of professional conduct to all persons providing court interpreting services, irrespective of any official designation. Similarly, the proposed revision will make disciplinary provisions applicable to all state-level interpreter designations, as well as persons without official designation who are regularly appointed by the courts to provide interpreting services.


Consistent with recommendations of the Commission on Trial Court Performance & Accountability, the board anticipates changes encouraging interpreter certification will benefit persons in need of spoken language interpreting services and facilitate the ability of the courts to capably administer these services statewide.


Proposed new and revised rule provisions relate to the following:

PART I. GENERAL PROVISIONS
14.100 Definitions. [AMENDED]
14.110 Court Interpreter Certification Board. [AMENDED]

PART II. INTERPRETER DESIGNATIONS
14.200 Qualification. [AMENDED]
14.205 Certified Court Interpreter Designation. [NEW RULE]
14.210 Waiver of Examination Requirement. [AMENDED]
14.215 Language Skilled Designation. [NEW RULE]
14.220 Provisionally Approved Designation. [NEW RULE]
14.225 Issuance of Certificates. (formerly 14.220) [AMENDED]
14.230 Renewal of Certificates. [AMENDED]
14.240 Maintenance of Official Designation. (re-titled) [AMENDED]

PART III. CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
14.300 Professional Conduct. [AMENDED]
14.310 Accuracy and Completeness. [NO CHANGE]
14.320 Representation of Qualifications. [NO CHANGE]
14.330 Impartiality and Avoidance of Conflict of Interest. [NO CHANGE]
14.340 Confidentiality and Restriction of Public Comment. [NO CHANGE]
14.350 Professional Demeanor. [NO CHANGE]
14.360 Scope of Practice. [NO CHANGE]
14.470 Assessing and Reporting Impediments to Performance. [NO CHANGE]
14.380 Duty to Repot Ethical Violations. [NO CHANGE]
14.390 Professional Development. [NO CHANGE]

PART IV. DISCIPLINE
14.400 Application. [NEW RULE]
14.405 Suspension or Revocation. (formerly 14.400) [AMENDED]
14.410 Disciplinary Procedures. [AMENDED]
14.420 Disciplinary Hearings. [AMENDED]
14.430 Disciplinary Dispositions. [AMENDED]
14.440 Confidentiality of Disciplinary Proceedings. [AMENDED]
14.450 Reinstatement. [AMENDED]
14.460 Chief Justice Review. [NO CHANGE]


The board invites all interested persons to comment on the proposal reproduced in full below. Comments must be received by the board either in an electronic format or in hard copy not later than January 31, 2013. The board will review all comments and consider suggested changes before submitting its proposal to the Florida Supreme Court.

Please email your comments, including any attachments in a Word format, to interpreterrules@flcourts.org. Comments submitted by regular mail should be directed to the board at the following address:

Court Interpreter Certification Board
Supreme Court Building
500 South Duval Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399



FLORIDA RULES FOR CERTIFICATION
AND REGULATION OF COURT INTERPRETERS

PART I. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Rule 14.100. Definitions

(a) Certified Court Interpreter. An interpreter who has completed the mandatory all requirements as defined by these rules and for certification in accordance with these rules, holds a valid certificate as a certified court interpreter, which certificate is issued by the Office of the State Courts Administrator, and is named in the registry of certified court interpreters maintained by the Office of the State Courts Administrator.

(b) Language Skilled. A designation reserved for interpreters who have completed all requirements in accordance with these rules, but who are seeking certification in a spoken language for which there is no state-certifying examination.

(c) Provisionally Approved. A designation reserved for interpreters of spoken languages for which a state-certifying examination is available, such interpreters having passed the oral performance exam at a lesser qualifying prescribed level, but are not yet certified,

(b d) Qualified or Duly Qualified Interpreter. An interpreter who has obtained a passing grade on a written examination, who has attended a two-day orientation program offered by the Office of the State Courts Administrator, who is familiar with Part III of these rules, and who has an understanding of basic legal terminology in both languages is certified or language skilled, or, if a certified or language skilled interpreter is unavailable, a provisionally approved interpreter, as these terms are defined under sections (a) through (c) above.

(c e) Board. The Court Interpreter Certification Board.

(f) Compliance Period. The two-year period beginning upon official designation as a certified, language skilled, or provisionally approved court interpreter.

(d g) Court. Any county, circuit or district court of this state or the Supreme Court of Florida.

(h) State-Certifying Examination. An interpreter’s skills test for which a full or abbreviated board-approved oral performance examination is available.

(i) Written Examination. An initial qualifying or screening examination designed to measure a candidate’s literacy in English, familiarity with, and usage of, court-related terms, and/or knowledge of matters regarding interpreter ethics and related professional conduct.

(j) Full Oral Performance Examination. An examination assessing functional proficiency during performance of actual tasks required for court interpretation. Consistent with this purpose, this examination measures linguistic knowledge and fluency in English and the non-English language. The examination also measures interpreting skills required to competently perform sight translation, consecutive interpretation, and simultaneous interpretation during court proceedings.

(k) Abbreviated Oral Performance Examination. An examination assessing functional proficiency to competently interpret simultaneously in court from English to a non-English language. This performance examination is available in select languages and typically comprises language groups which are encountered less frequently in the courts. Candidates must successfully pass the oral proficiency interview in English as a prerequisite to taking the exam.

(l) Oral Proficiency Interview. A standardized language proficiency assessment of functional speaking ability conducted via interview. For languages in which there is an abbreviated oral performance exam, candidates must successfully pass the oral proficiency interview in English as a prerequisite to taking the exam. For languages in which there is no state-certifying exam, candidates must successfully pass an oral proficiency interview in English and non-English languages as a prerequisite to designation as language skilled interpreters.

Rule 14.110. Court Interpreter Certification Board

(a) Board Composition. The Court Interpreter Certification Board is created to supervise the certification and conduct of persons engaged in foreign language interpreting in the courts. The board shall be under the supervisory authority of the Supreme Court of Florida. It shall be comprised composed of ten persons, appointed by the chief justice, as follows:

    (1) two county court judges;
    (2) three circuit court judges;
    (3) three trial court administrators; and
    (4) two one federally certified court interpreters; and
    (5) one state certified court interpreter.

    (b) Staff. Such staff as may be necessary to administer the program and permit the board to carry out its duties shall be provided by the Office of the State Courts Administrator insofar as funded by the Florida Legislature.

    (c) Officers; Quorum. The chief justice shall appoint one of the board members to serve as chair. A majority of the board shall constitute a quorum.

    (d) Vacancies. Any vacancy on the board shall be filled by appointment by the chief justice. A person appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve for the remainder of the term of the member being replaced.

    (e) Terms. The initial terms of the board members shall be as follows:

    (1) One year: a judicial member, a trial court administrator and an interpreter member;

        (2) Two years: two judicial members and a trial court administrator; and
    (3) Three years: two judicial members, a trial court administrator and an interpreter member.

    Following the initial terms, aAll terms shall be three years. Members shall be eligible for reappointment.



    (f) Duties. The duties of the board shall include:

    (1) the certification, regulation, discipline, suspension, and revocation of certification of court interpreters;
      (2) designation, regulation, and discipline of language skilled and provisionally approved court interpreters, as well as revocation of designation upon failure to become certified within prescribed time frames;
        (3) regulation and discipline of court-appointed interpreters who, although neither certified nor otherwise qualified in accordance with these rules, are permitted to provide court interpreting services when a certified, language skilled, or provisionally approved interpreter is unavailable;
          (2 4) the authority to periodically review and adopt rules governing its new or amended board operating procedures consistent with these rules; and

          (3 5) the authority to make recommendations to the supreme court regarding language access issues and the amendment of these court rules relating to provision of spoken language court interpreting services; and

          (6) performance of such other assignments relating to provision of spoken language court interpreting services as may be directed by the chief justice of the supreme court.

          (g) Fees. The board shall have the authority to recommend to the supreme court such fees as the board may deem necessary to permit it to carry out its duties, including, but not limited to, orientation fees, examination fees, application fees, and renewal fees, and late fees. All such fees shall be made payable to the State of Florida and shall be non-refundable.

          (h) Records; Registry. The board shall maintain records and minutes of its meetings and all other official actions. It shall also maintain a record of all continuing education hours or credits earned by certified, language skilled, and provisionally approved court interpreters. It shall also maintain a registry containing the names, addresses, dates of certification, identification number, and geographic areas where services are available for each certified court interpreter. The board shall maintain a separate registry containing the name, address, date of designation, identification number, and geographic area where services are available for each language skilled and provisionally approved court interpreter.

          (i) Expenses. Members of the board shall serve without compensation. However, they shall be reimbursed for all reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, in compliance with all rules and statutes governing such reimbursement.

          PART II. INTERPRETER CERTIFICATION­ DESIGNATIONS

          Rule 14.200. Qualification

          (a) Exclusive Designations. Individuals providing court interpreting services shall be designated certified court interpreters, language skilled, or provisionally approved upon qualifying in accordance with these rules. As descriptive terms employed in relation to the provision of court interpreting services, “qualified” and “duly qualified” refer exclusively to those persons who are certified or language skilled, or, if a certified or language skilled interpreter is unavailable, a provisionally approved interpreter.

          (b) General Prerequisites. All applicants completing prerequisites for certification any of the three official state-level court interpreter designations must:

          (a1) attend a two-day orientation program administered by the Office of the State Courts Administrator or board-approved training provider;

          (b2) pass a written examination approved by the board, which shall include an ethics component;

          (c3) pass an oral proficiency examination approved by the board, unless they qualify for waiver of the examination requirement pursuant to rule 14.210 submit an approved reporting form documenting completion of 20 hours of courtroom observation;

          (d4) take an oath to uphold the Code of Professional Conduct adopted in these rules;
            (e5) undergo a background check if prescribed by the board; and

            (f6) agree to obtain hours or 16 credits of continuing education as determined by the board from a continuing education program approved pursuant to these rules by the board;

            (7) submit an application for certification, a language skilled, or provisionally approved designation and enclose an initial application fee in an amount set by the supreme court; and


            (8) complete the process leading to designation within a mandatory two- year time frame, unless extended by the board in exceptional circumstances.

            Rule 14.205. Certified Court Interpreter Designation

            (a) Preferred Appointment. The certified court interpreter designation represents the highest qualified state-level interpreter designation and shall be the preferred designation when selecting court-appointed interpreters, arranging for contractual interpreter services, and making staff hiring decisions.

            (b) Requirements. Applicants seeking designation as a certified court interpreter must:

            (1) pass a full oral performance examination approved by the board, unless qualifying for a waiver of the examination requirement under rule 14.210, or, in the event a full oral performance examination is unavailable, pass a board-approved abbreviated oral examination and demonstrate functional speaking ability in English through an oral proficiency interview; and

            (2) meet all general prerequisites under rule 14.200.

            (c) Court-Employed Interpreters. Applicants who are selected as employee interpreters, but who are not certified at the time of court employment, shall become certified within one year of being employed in a court interpreting position. The one-year requirement may be modified by the board on a case-by-case basis only in exceptional circumstances.

            Rule 14.210. Waiver of Examination Requirement

            (a) Federal Certification. Upon presentation of proof satisfactory to the board, the oral proficiency performance examination requirement shall be waived for anyone holding a federal courts certificate which is issued by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts and whose name appears on the registry of federally certified interpreters. No other component of certification is waived by this rule.

            (b) Reciprocity. Upon presentation of proof satisfactory to the board, the examination requirement shall be waived for anyone who has passed an equivalent examination in another state, if in accordance with board-approved requisites.

            Rule 14.215. Language Skilled Designation

            (a) Preferred Appointment. The language skilled designation represents the highest qualified state-level interpreter designation next beneath full certification and shall be the preferred designation over non-designated interpreters when selecting court-appointed interpreters in the area of the language skilled individual’s linguistic expertise.

            (b) Requirements. Applicants skilled in a spoken language for which there is no state-certifying examination may seek designation as language skilled interpreters upon:

            (1) passing an approved oral proficiency interview in English and the non-English language as an assessment of functional speaking ability; and

            (2) meeting all general prerequisites under rule 14.200.

            (c) Conditional Designation. In the event a language-specific state-certifying examination becomes available, language skilled interpreters shall be required to take and pass the certifying examination within two years of notice of its availability. Failure to become certified within this two-year period shall result in loss of the language skilled designation, unless the board approves an extension in exceptional circumstances.

            Rule 14.220. Issuance of Certificate Provisionally Approved Designation

            (a) Requirements. Individuals not yet certified in spoken languages for which a state-certifying examination is available, but who have taken the oral performance exam, may be designated as provisionally approved upon:

            (1) passing two out of three components of the oral performance exam with a minimum score of 70 percent on each section; or

            (2) scoring a minimum 60 percent on each section of the oral exam and an overall 65 percent or greater; and

            (3) meeting all general prerequisites under rule 14.200.

            (b) Loss of Designation. Individuals failing to become certified within two years following designation as provisionally approved shall forfeit the designation unless the board approves an extension in exceptional circumstances.

            Rule 14.225. Issuance of Certificates

            Upon satisfactory completion of the specified requirements, the board shall issue a certificate for each official designation which shall include an identification number and date of issue. Once issued, the certificate shall remain renewable unless suspended or revoked by the board.

            Rule 14.230. Renewal of Certificates

            (a) Renewal. Once issued, the certificate for certified court interpreters shall remain renewable unless suspended or revoked by the board. The language skilled designation may also be renewed conditioned upon continued unavailability of a state-certifying examination in the language for which this designation has been granted. Absent an extension of time granted only in exceptional circumstances, failure to become certified within two years, or one year for anyone employed in a court interpreting position, will result in forfeiture of a provisionally approved designation.

            (ab) Biennial Renewal Fee. Each certified and language skilled court interpreter shall pay a biennial renewal fee in an amount set by the supreme court. A certificate shall be suspended automatically upon non-payment, but shall be reinstated upon application to the board, accompanied by payment and made within 60 days of the date of suspension. Upon expiration of the 60-day grace period, any request for reinstatement must be made pursuant to in accordance with rule 14.450.

            (bc) Notification. The board shall notify all certified, language skilled, and provisionally approved court interpreters in writing of the expiration date of their certificates at least 90 days before such date. Notice shall be given by regular United States mail, directed to the last mailing address on file with the board.

            (cd) Continued Status in Exceptional Circumstances. If the board determines exceptional circumstances warrant an extension of time within which language skilled or provisionally approved interpreters may obtain certification, neither shall forfeit the respective designation during the period of extension. Language skilled and provisionally approved interpreters who are granted extensions of time in exceptional circumstances shall, in lieu of a biennial renewal fee and as a condition of maintaining formal designation, pay a fee in an amount proportionate to the time of extension.

            Rule 14.240. Continuing Education Maintenance of Official Designation

            (a) Assignments. Each certified, language skilled, and provisionally approved court interpreter shall complete 20 law-related professional interpreting assignments, or a lesser number totaling no fewer than 40 hours, in the course of every two-year compliance period. Interpreters unable to complete this requirement because of the limited need for interpreting services in their language may be eligible, upon written request and board approval, for an extension of time or exemption.

            (ab) Requirement Continuing Education. Each certified, language skilled, and provisionally approved court interpreter shall earn 16 hours or credits of continuing education credits as determined by the board every two-years compliance period. Application for approval of the continuing education credit shall be made in writing on a continuing education reporting form approved furnished by the board. The form shall be furnished at the same time as notification is mailed, and Certified and language skilled interpreters renewing official designation shall completed and returned completed forms to the board with submission of at the same time the renewal fees is submitted. Provisionally approved interpreters shall submit continuing education reporting forms to the board with applications for certification.

            (bc) Approved Programs. The board shall keep and maintain a list of approved continuing education programs. Approval of an educational program or activity not listed shall be at the board’s discretion and subject to approval on a case-by-case basis.

            PART III. CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

            Rule 14.300. Professional Conduct

            Each certified, language skilled, and provisionally approved court interpreter, as well as court-appointed individuals providing interpreting services because of the unavailability of officially designated state-level court interpreters, shall act in a professional manner in keeping with the Code of Professional Conduct as set forth herein. Failure to adhere to the Ccode may lead to disciplinary action. Disciplinary action is at the discretion of the board.

            PART IV. DISCIPLINE

            Rule 14.400. Suspension or Revocation of Certification Application

            Each certified, language skilled, and provisionally approved court interpreter, as well as court-appointed individuals providing spoken language interpreting services on a regular or recurring basis because of the unavailability of officially designated state-level court interpreters, shall be subject to the disciplinary provisions under this part.

            Disciplinary action may be undertaken against a court-appointed interpreter holding no official state-level designation only in circumstances suggesting intentional disregard for impartiality or fairness of the proceeding. A presumption of bias arises if, having been apprised of his or her role and having subsequently been cautioned by the court, an interpreter persists in altering or omitting statements made on the record or otherwise acts in a manner potentially prejudicing the proceeding.

            Rule 14.405. Suspension or Revocation

            A certificate issued pursuant to in accordance with these rules may be suspended or revoked for any of the following reasons:

            (a) conviction of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, dishonesty, or false statements;

            (b) fraud, dishonesty, or corruption which is related to the functions and duties of a court interpreter;

            (c) continued false or deceptive advertising after receipt of a cease and desist notice from the board;

            (d) gross incompetence or unprofessional or unethical conduct;

            (e) fraud or misrepresentation in obtaining or renewing certification any state-level court interpreter designation;

            (f) noncompliance with rule provisions directing completion of law-related professional interpreting assignments or continuing education requirements; or
              (g) nonpayment of renewal or late fees.



              Rule 14.410. Disciplinary Procedures

              (a) Initiation. Disciplinary proceedings may be initiated by a standard form asserting a violation of these rules. The complaint shall be in writing under oath and filed with the Office of the State Courts Administrator. The board may initiate disciplinary proceedings on its own motion. The board shall be divided into an investigative committee and a hearing panel, as established by rules of the board.

              (b) Facial Sufficiency. If a majority of the investigative committee, after an in-person or conference call meeting, finds that the allegations, if true, would constitute a violation of these rules, it shall send a copy of the complaint identifying the rule or rules alleged to have been violated to the certified court interpreter by certified United States mail directed to the last mailing address on file with the board. If the complaint is found to be facially insufficient, the complaint shall be dismissed without prejudice and the complainant and interpreter shall be so notified.

              (c) Response. Within 30 days of the issuance of a finding of facial sufficiency, the certified court interpreter shall file a written response with the investigative committee. If no response is filed, the violations identified in the finding of facial sufficiency shall be deemed admitted.
                (d) Review. Upon review of the complaint and the interpreter’s response, if any, the investigative committee may find that no violation has occurred and dismiss the complaint. If the complaint is not dismissed, the investigative committee shall review the complaint, the response, if any, and any underlying documentation, to determine whether there is probable cause to believe that the alleged misconduct occurred and would constitute a violation of the rules. The investigative committee may conduct a further investigation if warranted. The investigative committee may also meet with the complainant and interpreter in an attempt to resolve the matter. Such resolution may include sanctions if agreed to by the interpreter.

                (e) Probable Cause Found. If probable cause exists, the investigative committee may draft formal charges and forward such charges for a hearing. In the alternative, the investigative committee may decide not to pursue the case by filing a short and plain statement of the reason(s) for non-referral and so advise the complainant and the interpreter in writing. If formal charges are filed, they shall include a short and plain statement of the matters asserted in the complaint and references to the particular rules involved.
                  (f) Hearing Panel Review. Within 60 days after the filing of the formal charges, the hearing panel shall review the complaint, the finding of probable cause, and the response, if any, and decide whether to (i) dismiss the proceeding, (ii) issue a proposed disposition, or (iii) set a hearing. The hearing panel shall promptly send written notice of its decision to the certified court interpreter and to the complainant by certified United States mail, return receipt requested.

                  (g) No Hearing Demanded. A proposed disposition issued pursuant to subdivision (f) (ii) shall become final unless the certified court interpreter demands a hearing within 30 days of the date on which it was issued.

                  (h) Hearing Demanded. If the certified court interpreter demands a hearing in a timely manner, the hearing shall take place no less than 30 days nor
                  more than 90 days from the date of notice pursuant to subdivision (f) (iii) or of the court interpreter’s demand pursuant to subdivision (g).

                  (i) Legal Representation. The certified court interpreter may be
                  represented by an attorney at any stage of the proceeding. The court interpreter shall be responsible for all of his or her costs and expenses, including attorney’s fees.

                  Rule 14.420. Disciplinary Hearings

                  (a) Pre-Hearing Discovery. Pre-hearing discovery shall not be permitted unless expressly authorized by the hearing panel, in response to a written request.
                    (b) Rules of Evidence. Strict rules of evidence shall not apply. The hearing panel may, in its discretion, consider any evidence presented, including affidavits, giving such evidence the weight it deems appropriate.

                    (c) Hearings to be Reported or Electronically Recorded. The hearing panel shall ensure that all hearings are reported or electronically recorded.

                    (d) Hearing Procedure. At the hearing, both the hearing panel and the certified court interpreter shall be afforded the opportunity to introduce documents and other relevant evidence, and to elicit sworn testimony.

                    (e) Hearing Panel Deliberations. Following the presentation of evidence, the hearing panel shall deliberate regarding its decision. Such deliberations shall take place in private.

                    (f) Finality of Decision; Rehearing. Unless the certified court interpreter files a request for rehearing within 30 days of the date of the decision, the decision shall become final without further action. If a timely request for rehearing is filed, the decision shall not become final until the request has been disposed of by
                    written decision, a copy of which shall be sent to the certified court interpreter by certified United States mail.

                    Rule 14.430. Disciplinary Dispositions

                    (a) Burden of Proof. If the hearing panel finds that there is clear and convincing evidence that the certified court interpreter has violated one or more of these rules, it shall impose such discipline as it may deem appropriate, consistent with these rules.

                    (b) Vote Required; Notification. All decisions of the hearing panel shall be by majority vote, in writing and, if adverse to the certified court interpreter, shall contain factual findings supporting the decision. A copy of the decision shall be sent to the certified court interpreter by certified United States mail.

                    (c) Sanctions. Sanctions may consist of one or more of the following:

                    (1) a private reprimand;

                    (2) a public reprimand;

                        (3) the imposition of costs and expenses incurred by the hearing panel in connection with the proceeding, including investigative costs;
                      (4) restitution;

                          (5) a requirement that specified continuing education courses and/or additional law-related professional interpreting assignments be taken completed within a specified period of time;

                          (6) a requirement that one or more parts of the certified court interpreter examination be successfully taken or retaken;

                          (7) a limitation on the scope of practice or interpreting services;

                          (8) a requirement that work be supervised;

                          (9) suspension of certification official state-level designation for a period not to exceed 1 year; or

                          (10) revocation of certification official state-level designation.

                          Rule 14.440. Confidentiality of Disciplinary Proceedings

                      When a disciplinary proceeding is either dismissed or results in a private reprimand, all records of the proceeding All complaints alleging misconduct against individuals subject to disciplinary action under these rules, including the interpreter’s response, if any, and all other records made or received as part of the complaint procedure, are exempt from public disclosure under rule 2.420(c)(3)(B), Florida Rules of Judicial Administration, and shall remain confidential until a finding of probable cause or no probable cause is established; otherwise, all such records shall become public when the hearing panel’s decision becomes final, regardless of the outcome of any appeal.
                      Rule 14.450. Reinstatement

                      A certified court interpreter whose certificate has been suspended or revoked may, at any time, apply in writing for reinstatement. Such request shall explain why the applicant believes that he or she should be reinstated, and shall be accompanied by a renewal fee in an amount set by the board. Whether to grant or to deny such a request shall rest in the sole and absolute discretion of the board. The board may impose such conditions upon reinstatement as it deems appropriate.

                      [Revised: 10-18-2014]