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The Interpreter Services Division, ensures that a person with limited English proficiency is provided a court interpreter free of charge in all mandated case types (i.e., Criminal, Juvenile, Mental Health with appointed counsel, and Department of Child Support cases calendared hearings).

In addition, Riverside Superior Court has expanded interpreter services in order to reach the goal of being in compliance with the Judicial Council’s Language Access Plan (LAP) target of providing certified interpreters for all areas of law by 2020.  We now provide a court interpreter free of charge in the following cases types:

  • Family Law Domestic Violence
  • Elder Abuse with Physical Abuse or Neglect
  • Civil Harassments with Violence
  • Unlawful Detainers
  • Termination of Parental Relationship
  • Guardianship and Conservatorship cases

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Court Interpreters are experts in language and are assigned only to render linguistically equivalent interpretation from one language into another. They are not parties to a case, have no interest in any case, and remain completely neutral in all matters. A Court Interpreter works for the court and does not represent any party. A court interpreter's sole responsibility is to bridge the communication barrier necessitating his or her presence.

If you need an interpreter, please complete and submit the online Interpreter Request Form or contact the clerks' office and verbally request an interpreter. All requests must be made in advance with as much notice as possible, and prior to the hearing date in order to secure an interpreter.

If you believe you have not been provided with reasonable or professional language access, please complete the Language Access Complaint form - IN006 (Spanish version) and submit it to any clerk at a public counter, via email or by mail to the Interpreter Services Division at the address listed below. The Court will respond within 30 days upon receipt of your complaint.

Please note that if your complaint does not fall within LAS jurisdiction, it will be forwarded to the appropriate department/agency for investigation.

Interpreter Services Division, Language Access Services
4100 Main Street, Room 232
Riverside, Ca. 92501

Email Address: InterpreterServicesDivision@riverside.courts.ca.gov

View the most commonly requested languages within Riverside Courts.

contact the Interpreter Services division

Western Region
Coordinator

(Coordinates Riverside Hall of Justice, Juvenile, Family Law, Corona, & Moreno Valley)

4100 Main Street
Riverside, Ca. 92501
951.777.3743

Desert Region
Coordinator

(Coordinates Blythe, Larson Justice Center, Palm Springs)


46-200 Oasis Street
Indio, Ca. 92201
760.393.2412

Mid-County Region
Coordinator

(Coordinates Banning, Hemet, Southwest Justice Center - Murrieta, & Temecula)

30755-D Auld Road
Murrieta, Ca. 92563
951.704.7590

Frequently Asked Questions

Attorney Information

The Interpreter Services Division provides interpreters for the court free of charge in all mandated case types (i.e., Criminal, Traffic, Juvenile, Mental Health with appointed counsel and Department of Child Support cases), and in Family Law Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse with Physical Abuse or Neglect, Civil Harassments with Violence, Unlawful Detainers, Terminate Parental Relationship, Guardianship and Conservatorships.

Please note that although we are committed to providing language access by using qualified interpreters consistent with Government Code §68092.1, spoken language interpreters can only be provided in all other case types not listed above when available and on a limited basis, per G.C. 26806(c), via incidental use.

To request an interpreter for an upcoming hearing a minimum of 48 hour notice is needed for Spanish; and 5 days for languages other than Spanish, including American Sign Language. Counsel for the party may submit a verbal request for an interpreter in person at the clerk’s office, online via email or complete the online Interpreter Request Form and filing it with the clerk's office, as far in advance as possible and prior to the hearing date. Not requesting an interpreter in advance may delay your hearing as the Court may continue your case until one can be assigned or is available.

Interpreter Services Division must be notified of any changes, continuances, or cancellations as soon as possible in order to avoid late-cancellation situations. If an interpreter is requested and appears but is not used, the attorney may be held financially responsible for all interpreter fees.

To find an interpreter for the following case types Family Law (other than domestic violence and Department of Child Support Service cases), Civil, Small Claims, and Adoptions, refer to "Search for an Interpreter" for names and telephone numbers of interpreters in your area. Counsel may wish to view “Payment Policies information for guidance as to rates applicable to interpreters.

Litigant Information

The Interpreter Services Division provides provides interpreters free of charge in all mandated case types (i.e., Criminal, Traffic, Juvenile, Mental Health with appointed counsel and Department of Child Support cases) and in Family Law Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse with Physical Abuse or Neglect, Civil Harassments with Violence, Unlawful Detainers, Terminate Parental Relationship, Guardianship and Conservatorships.

Please note that although we are committed to providing language access by using qualified interpreters consistent with Government Code §68092.1, spoken language interpreters can only be provided in all other case types not listed above when available and on a limited basis, per G.C. 26806(c), via incidental use.

To request an interpreter for an upcoming hearing, a minimum of 48 hour notice is needed for Spanish; and 5 days for languages other than Spanish, including American Sign Language. Your request can be submitted verbally in person at the clerk’s office, online via email or by completing the online Interpreter Request Form and filing it with the clerk's office. All requests must be made in advance with as much notice as possible, and prior to the hearing date in order to secure an interpreter. Not ordering an interpreter in advance may delay your proceedings and the Court may continue your case until one can be assigned or is available.

Any adult person (friend, family, or public member) who volunteers to interpret for the litigant(s) in a non-mandated area such as Family Law (other than domestic violence and Department of Child Support Service cases), Civil, Small Claims, and Adoptions, and who is not a certified or registered interpreter is required to read, prior to the proceeding, the Foreign Language Interpreter Duties for Civil and Small Claims (INT-200 form). This form is provided to assist the volunteer with understanding the basic responsibilities they will have when performing their duties of an interpreter.

The Interpreter Services Division also provides names and telephone numbers of interpreters for matters outside the scope of the court's services when parties are responsible for the costs of the interpreting services. (i.e., depositions, attorney/client conferences, and pre-trial preparations. Click here to "Search for an Interpreter."

Independent Contractors

The Interpreter Services Division is responsible for coordinating all interpreter requests for all calendared hearings.

The division oversees the hiring of all independent contract interpreters assisting with foreign languages and American Sign Language (according to the Americans with Disabilities Act). Interpreter Services Division through its diligent search process per Government Code Section 71802, makes every attempt to contract certified/registered interpreters from the Judicial Council and expects all language interpreters to abide by The Code of Professional Ethics and the Interpreter Oath.  If you would like a copy, visit www.courts.ca.gov.  

Effective October 1, 2011, Spanish Independent Interpreter Contractors are required to have on file with the Riverside Superior Court a current Independent Contractors Agreement.

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