Effective 01/01/2015, the Superior Court provides interpreters for the following purposes:
- Criminal, traffic, juvenile, and all civil case types (except for small claims):
Parties and Counsel are required to provide notice to the Court of any need for interpreting in order to assure that these services may be arranged by the Court on a timely basis. To notice the Court you may:
- Complete Request for Court Interpreter Form: Local Form M-47
- Inform a Court Clerk at the counter
- Inform a Courtroom Clerk
The Form may be submitted online; submitted at the clerk’s office or by mail to Court Administration, Suzanne Thurman, Interpreter Coordinator; 2850 Fairlane Suite 110, Placerville, CA 95667.
Small claims hearings:
You may ask a friend, relative, or someone else to interpret for you when you go to court. Please do not ask a child (minor, under the age of 18) to interpret for you.
A Court interpreter needs to be familiar with legal terms and concepts in both English and your first language. If you decide to use a friend or relative, have the person read the instructions and duties for interpreting called Foreign Language Interpreter’s Duties-Civil and Small Claims.
To find an interpreter that speaks your language visit http://www.courts.ca.gov/3796.htm
American with Disabilites Act (ADA):
If you require services of a sign language interpreter, you may request one at any courthouse, for any type of hearing you may have. This includes civil hearings, small claims hearings, and jury duty.
- To become an interpreter visit: http://www.courts.ca.gov/7996.html