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COURT INTERPRETER CENTER FAQs

Are Court interpreters required to have any training or certifications?

Each staff interpreter at the 13th Judicial Circuit must pass a state court interpreter proficiency test.


What cases are Court Interpreters provided for?

Proceedings covered by the court include: Preliminary Presentation Court (First Appearance), Arraignments (criminal traffic, misdemeanor, and felony), Jury and non-jury trials, Domestic Violence Injunctions, Dependency hearings, Child Support Enforcement Hearings, Baker Act hearings, Marchman Act hearings, and Juvenile delinquency hearings. These proceedings are referred to as due process cases.


How do I get an interpreter for my case?

Court interpreters are provided by the Court Interpreter Center according to need in all due process cases. 
All language arrangements must be made through the Court Interpreter Center ph. (813) 272-5947 or email at ortizm@fljud13.org
. Please make sure you have information regarding your case, i.e., time, location, name of defendant/party, language, etc.


Individuals involved in NON-DUE PROCESS cases must make arrangements for services themselves. Please click here for private interpreter resources
. These services are not paid for by the court.


What if I am in a Family Law case and no court interpreters are provided?


Court interpreters aren’t provided in family law cases; parties need to provide their own or click here for private resources
.  The fee for services of an interpreter will be the responsibility of the requesting party. 


How do I become a court interpreter?


Information is provided at the Florida Courts: Court Interpreters Program website at
http://www.flcourts.org/gen_public/interpret/index.shtml