Interpreter information

About the Interpreter Services Division

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Interpreter Providing Assistance

Interpreter Services Division, in providing access to justice, ensures that a person with limited English proficiency in a mandated hearing (i.e., Criminal, Juvenile, Mental Health with appointed counsel, and Department of Child Support cases calendared hearings) is provided with a court interpreter. 

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.


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

Interpreter Services Division provides interpreters for the court for all mandated (i.e., Criminal, Traffic, Juvenile, Mental Health with appointed counsel and Department of Child Support cases) calendared hearings. 

To request an interpreter for an upcoming mandated hearing (minimum 48 hours notice for Spanish; 5 days for languages other than Spanish, including American Sign Language), the party's attorney may submit a request for an interpreter online via email or complete the Interpreter Request Form and filing it with the clerk's office.

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 non-mandated (i.e., Civil, Small Claims, Probate, and Adoptions) cases, refer to "Find 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 interpreting.

Litigant Information

Interpreter Services Division provides interpreting services for persons with limited English proficiency having business with the Superior Court in Criminal, Juvenile, Mental Health with appointed counsel and Department of Child Support cases calendared hearings.   

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. They work for the court and do not represent any party. A court interpreter's sole responsibility is to bridge the communication barrier necessitating his or her presence.

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 "Find an Interpreter."

To request an interpreter for an upcoming mandated hearing (minimum 48 hours notice for Spanish; 5 days for languages other than Spanish including American Sign Language), the party or the party's attorney may submit a request for an interpreter online via e-mail or complete the Interpreter Request Form and filing it with the clerks office.

Any person (friend, family, or public member) who volunteers to interpret for the litigant(s) in a non-mandated area such as Civil, Small Claims, Family Law (general), Probate and Juvenile Dependency proceedings 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.

Independent Contractors

Interpreter Services Division is responsible for coordinating all interpreter requests for calendared mandated 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 makes every attempt to contract certified/registered interpreters from the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) 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, Independent Interpreter Contractors are required to have on file with the Riverside Superior Court a current Independent Contractors Agreement.

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