Definition and Class Characteristics
Performs a wide variety of language interpretation activities on
an assigned and as needed basis for the Superior Courts of
California and for parties to proceedings, including witnesses,
defendants, attorneys, other court personnel, and the public.
This is a single level classification. Employees in this
classification perform consecutive and simultaneous interpretation
of courtroom proceedings and other related interpreting services as
needed. Employees in this classification also perform sight
translation (reading written texts and giving an oral translation
of text) as needed.
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Interprets from and into English and the applicable non-English
language using simultaneous and consecutive modes at court
proceedings and for other court-related departments at the
direction of the court.
- Makes sight translations for the benefit of the court of
documents including, but not limited to, court petitions, reports,
waivers, felony disposition statement forms, and other
- Interprets for judges, attorneys, court staff, and other
court-related departments at the direction of the court.
- Notifies the court of any issues or situations that may impede
the interpreters' performance.
- Researches and understands terminology used in court and
functions of the court which may include but not limited to legal,
technological, scientific, and/or medical terminology.
- Reviews the daily docket and receives daily calendar
assignments from the Trial Court Interpreter Coordinator (or other)
and accurately completes daily activity logs, or other
documentation as required.
- Performs other language interpretation duties as assigned, such
as providing general court information at an information counter to
the non-English speaking public and processes documents related to
- Performs other language interpretation duties as assigned.
License or Certifications:
Possess and maintain a valid certificate as a "Certified Court
Interpreter" issued by the Judicial Council of California on behalf
of the State of California, or registered as a Court Interpreter by
the Judicial Council of California on behalf of the State of
Knowledge of: Orally convey the meaning from Spanish into
English and English into Spanish by interpreting in the
simultaneous, consecutive, and sight translation modes; the meaning
must be conveyed accurately, not editing, summarizing, adding
meaning, or omitting. Correct usage of grammar and vocabulary of
English and Spanish, provided the source language speaker is using
correct grammar and vocabulary. Knowledge and understanding of
legal concepts and forensic terminology in both English and
Spanish. Familiarity with the general range of regional and
cultural variations in the specific language. Adherence to
interpreter ethics and standards, as stipulated in California Rules
of Court Rule, 2.890, Professional Conduct for Interpreters.
Ability to: remain impartial, interpret accurately and remain
impartial including in sometimes adversarial and emotionally
charged situations. Conduct ongoing research into variations in
terminology and usage of the specified language. Use office
equipment, including computers, software, telephones, and copiers,
as required by the assignment. Use of transmitter and receiver
equipment provided by the court for simultaneous interpretation.
Understand and adhere to California statutes, rules of court and
applicable personnel rules concerning court interpretation.
Interact professionally and cooperatively with those contacted in
the course of work. Tolerate exposure to disturbing evidence and
testimony. Graphic photographs of traumatic events such as murder
or domestic violence, evidence such as syringes, drugs, chemicals,
bodily fluids, and stained clothing. Tolerate exposure to allergens
such as perfumes, dust, and various unpleasant odors such as
unwashed clothing or persons or other materials. Tolerate exposure
to defendants and witnesses who are potentially verbally and/or
This position requires a valid California Driver License to
perform the essential functions of the job. Incumbents are required
to meet the Court's guidelines as established within the Court
Vehicle Policy. Failure to meet the requirements may lead to
Stamina to sit and/or stand and concentrate for extended
periods; corrected hearing and vision to normal range; hearing to
understand conversations when background noise is present and to
communicate with the public and court staff.
Work is performed in the courtroom and related court facilities
and includes but is not limited to contact with judges, staff
attorneys, and the public. The position requires the ability to
concentrate and deliver interpreting services in a busy and
fast-paced environment. Courtroom interpreting requires the ability
to adjust to speakers with differing voices and accents at varying
rates of speed. Interpreters come into contact with a wide variety
of people from differing educational and economic backgrounds.
Travel within the county is required. Travel between counties is
required if the interpreter accepts cross assignments.
This job description will be reviewed periodically and
responsibilities change with business necessity. Principal and
marginal job functions are subject to modification. This job
description is not intended and should not be construed as an
exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, or working
conditions associated with this job.