In criminal and juvenile proceedings, an interpreter shall be sworn to interpret for a non-English speaking witness, so that the witness can be understood directly by the parties, counsel, court, and jury.
A court-appointed interpreter may be required for witnesses in other case types. As noted above, if funding is available, the Court may provide an interpreter in certain other case types. If funds are not available however, the Court is only responsible for payment of interpreter fees in criminal and juvenile proceedings, or if a fee waiver is granted in another case type.
The Court may provide an interpreter where a hearing impaired party or witness is present and participating in court proceedings. In addition, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the court will provide to hearing-impaired persons a reasonable accommodation that will enable such persons to engage in effective communications in court proceedings. In providing such accommodation, the court shall give primary consideration to the specific accommodation requested by such persons (e.g., a request for a sign language interpreter rather than a mechanical device).
Prior to your hearing, please advise the Court that you
will need an interpreter, and state which language needs to be interpreted.
An interpreter for subsequent hearings may be requested in Court.
If you need an interpreter to communicate with one of the Court Clerks
either over the telephone or upon visiting the Court, a Clerk may utilize the
interpreter services of the
Language Line to better assist you.
The following web sites contain resources that may be helpful to persons with limited English proficiency.
If you will need an interpreter for basic communication with Court employees, and you are planning a visit to the Courthouse, you may want to print out and bring an I speak…card with you to identify the language that you speak.
CONTACT INFORMATIONCALL: 209-257-2600 - Clerks' Office
CALL: 209-257-2688 - Coordinator