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Notice to Foreign Language Interpreters about Certification
Tulsa County District Court will no longer be providing certifications to foreign language interpreters. The
Supreme Court has authorized a certification program for spoken language interpreters in the Oklahoma
courts based upon the nationally recognized standards approved by the National Center for State Courts
(NCSC) (also known as the Consortium for Language Access in the Courts).  
At this time, applications are being accepted from Oklahoma residents seeking
credentials as spoken-language interpreters in the following categories:

·       Provisional Interpreter Status
·       Certification by Reciprocity    

Instruction sheets  and additional information is available on the Supreme Court’s website,
here, along with
application forms and other materials.  Applicants should READ THESE MATERIALS CAREFULLY!

Notice to Foreign Language Interpreters about Payment
Effective with appointments made for Foreign Language services on or after July 1, 2014,
the maximum payable rate for services provided is $20.00 per hour.

Notice to Court Appointed Attorneys regarding hourly rate:
Pursuant to Supreme Court Administrative Directive 2014-06(7), the Court is only
authorized to pay $45.00 per hour for out-of-court services and $65.00 per hour
for in-court services. This is effective with appointments made on or after July 1,
2014. Other provisions of local rule CR10 setting total compensation in specific
types of cases remains in effect.

                        *****DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2014*****

Tulsa County District Court is seeking an experienced professional to manage the County’s Public Defender’s Office.
Applications, additional pages and attachments must be submitted by email in pdf format. All applications must be
received no later than 5:00 P.M. on Friday, November 7, 2014.  (THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS
REQUIREMENT.) Interested candidates should submit their application and other required documents to:

                          Subject: Tulsa County Public Defender’s Selection Advisory Committee

Applications can be downloaded by clicking here, or can be obtained from the Court Administrator by email at vicki. . For additional assistance, call Vicki A. Cox, Court Administrator at 918-596-5400.

Job Title:                Chief Public Defender, Tulsa County
Appointment:          The Tulsa County District and Associate District Judges will appoint upon recommendation of the
                             Tulsa County Public Defender’s Selection Advisory Committee. The appointee serves at the pleasure
                              of the Court.
Salary:                    By statute and case law, salary is the same as the District Attorney. The District Attorney’s salary, by
                             statute, is 98% of the salary of a District Judge. Beginning January 1, 2015 the salary for the Chief
                             Public Defender will be $129,198.67 annually.

Required Qualifications:
1.  J.D. from an accredited law school
2.  Licensed to practice law for at least 5 years and currently in good standing in the licensed jurisdiction. If the applicant
holds an out-of-state license, he or she must become an active member of the Oklahoma State Bar immediately upon

The ideal Chief Public Defender will have these qualifications:
•        Experience with or demonstrated commitment to public defense work.
•        Dedication to working with and on behalf of indigent members of the community.
•        Practices accountability, confidentiality, and strong ethical standards.
•        Strong communication and interpersonal skill, as well as, the ability to work collaboratively in an
        interdisciplinary setting.
•        Excellent research, writing and court advocacy skills.
•        Participates in identifying continuous improvement to criminal justice system, and presents possible
•        Utilizes necessary knowledge and skills to perform the job, keeping current with new and best practices.
•        Familiar with the complexities of litigation and handling of criminal jury trials.

                                                                                            Tulsa County District Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer