The Circuit Court provides language interpreters for those individuals who do not understand English, or are unable to communicate due to a hearing impairment.
The Court Administrator's Office maintains a list of free-lance court interpreters and distributes this list to judges and various departments within the county. When the need for an interpreter arises, the judge's court clerk or secretary will contact an interpreter from the list.
Court Interpreters are officers of the court. As such, there are various procedures and rules of ethics which they must follow to preserve due process.
If you are in need of a spoken or sign language interpreter, please make your request through the chambers of your assigned Judge.
Attention All Court Interpreters
The next interpreter application period begins on August 1, 2012. If you are an uncertified interpreter who would like to be considered for the list, you must complete the following forms and complete a training session that will be held in October. The Court will distribute an updated interpreter list to stakeholders for January 2013. The application cut-off date is September 14, 2012.
Please be advised that there was an error in some letters accompanying the application materials. The letter erroneously indicated that the change to payment terms would begin on October 1, 2013. The new payment terms begin with the start of Fiscal Year 2013 on October 1, 2012.
If you are an interpreter for the court and need a copy of the Interpreter Billing Verification Form (file size 54k), please download it or contact the Court Administration office by calling 248-858-0345.