Request an Interpreter
If you need a foreign language interpreter or an ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter, please call the Court at (209) 533-5563 for Criminal or Traffic matters, or (209) 533-5555 for Civil, Family Law, Probate or Small Claims.
Assistive Listening Device
If you require the services of an Assistive Listening Device, you may request one for any hearing, as well as for jury duty. For further information on this and other access and accommodation needs, please visit the ADA page of this site. The Court’s ADA clerk is located in the Self Help Center, at 12855 Justice Center Drive. The clerk will be happy to assist you.
Whether you need a foreign language interpreter or a sign language interpreter, you should notify the court as soon as possible as to your interpretation needs. If you wait until your court date, it is likely that your matter will have to be continued to a future date.
Living Toolkit for Language Access
LEP Plan (Limited English Proficiency)
If you require a sign language interpreter, or a foreign language interpreter, please call the court at (209) 533-5563 for Criminal or Traffic matters, or (209) 533-5555 for Civil, Family Law, Probate or Small Claims.
NOTE: We recommend that you contact the court as soon as possible to ensure the availability of the accommodation you are requesting at the time of your hearing.
A certified interpreter is an individual who has passed the Court Interpreter Certification Examination, or the required examination for American Sign Language, and fulfills the Judicial Council requirements. The certified interpreter must pass a written and oral exam in English and any other language they are being certified for.
Interpreters of spoken languages for which there is no state certifying examination are required to pass the English Fluency Examination, and fulfill the corresponding Judicial Council requirements, in order to become registered interpreters of a non-designated certified language.
Interpreters have an important job in the courtroom. They interpret court proceedings for witnesses and defendants with limited English skills, or for parties who are deaf or hard of hearing.
There are fifteen (15) languages currently certified by the State: American Sign Language, Arabic, Eastern Armenian, Western Armenian, Cantonese, Farsi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
When needed, a foreign language or American sign language interpreter may be requested to assist at any calendared hearing in all case types.
Court appointed interpreters are provided at no charge to the party needing these services. The cost of the court appointed interpreter will be paid by the Superior Court.
In all judicial proceedings instituted by the Superior Court wherein the codes mandate the appointment of an interpreter, the cost of the court appointed interpreter will be paid by the Superior Court from appropriations available to the judiciary.
When the District Attorney, Public Defender or defense counsel need the services of an interpreter away from the courthouse, they should make arrangements to contact, contract, and pay the interpreter.
To obtain a court provided interpreter, the party or the party's attorney may call (209) 533-5563 for Criminal or Traffic matters, or (209) 533-5555 for Civil, Family Law, Probate or Small Claims.