The Fifth Judicial Circuit provides spoken language court interpreters to limited-English-proficient persons in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, section 90.606, Florida Statutes, and Rule 2.560, Florida Rules of Judicial Administration.
Qualified spoken language court interpreters will be appointed where a fundamental interest is at stake and the inability of individuals to understand or express themselves in English may prevent full and necessary participation in court proceedings. Such cases include, but are not limited to, circuit and county criminal, juvenile delinquency and dependency, paternity, domestic violence injunction, mental health and incapacity proceedings.
Qualified spoken language court interpreters will also be appointed for limited-English-proficient witnesses or victims in any proceeding wherein the non-party limited-English-proficient individuals presence or participation in the court proceeding is necessary or appropriate. This includes victims and parents and/or guardians of minor victims of crime or of juveniles and family members involved in delinquency or dependency proceedings.
Requests for spoken language court interpreters must be received at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled proceeding. In the case of certain languages of lesser diffusion or unscheduled interpreting, more time may be necessary to arrange for a qualified interpreter and a remote interpreting service may be used.
To request a spoken language court interpreter, please fill out the form below: