What should I expect when using an in-person court interpreter?

The Court Interpreter will

    Hand you a set of headphones, so you can listen directly to the rendition in your own language. An interpreter may also stand or sit close to you and whisper the rendition directly to you without using equipment.

    Help you communicate with your lawyer, court personnel, and the judge during a court or court related proceedings.

    Attempt to communicate precisely what each speaker is saying.

    Interpret everything that is said, without adding, omitting, or changing anything.

The Court Interpreter Will Not

    Give you legal or any other advice.

    Answer questions about the law or the legal process.

    Explain what words mean or what is happening in court.

    Talk to you about your case.

    Have private conversations with you or your family.

    File your court forms. (Petitions, motions, etc)

Remember: Court interpreters cannot help you fill out or file your court forms or answer legal questions.

Show All Answers

1. What is a court interpreter?
2. What is the difference between a court interpreter and a translator?
3. What should I expect when using an in-person court interpreter?
4. What should I expect when using a telephonic court interpreter?
5. Will the conversation between an attorney and his client remain confidential?
6. How do I request an interpreter for my court proceeding?
7. What is the cancellation policy for interpreter services requested?
8. What does it take to become a court interpreter?
9. I’m interested in becoming a court interpreter, what do I do?
10. Is there a roster to find qualified interpreters?
11. Who do I contact if I am a person with a disability who needs assistance to participate in a court proceeding, program or service?