Interpreters working in different fields have slightly different ethical rules to follow. In general, however, the following ethical guidelines apply:

  • Confidentiality – all information gained in the course of interpreting is strictly confidential and should not be divulged.
  • Accuracy & completeness – interpreters should not omit or add anything.
  • Impartiality – Interpreters must be unbiased and impartial
  • Conflict of Interest – Disclose any real or perceived conflict.
  • Disqualifications & Impediments – Convey any concerns regarding ability or conditions to complete an assignment
  • Accreditation – interpreters should seek accreditation in their field of work, and truly state their qualifications
  • Professionalism – maintain professional demeanor and high standards of conduct at all times.
  • Professional development – continually improve skills and knowledge through professional training, education and interaction with colleagues and specialists in the field of work

Legal / Judicial: Follow the link at the bottom left to see the canons that govern interpreter behavior in the Colorado Courts.
Medical: Follow the link at the bottom right of this page to read the standards that govern interpreter behavior in the medical arena.