If the date for your request falls during this period of limited court activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic (March 17 – Until Further Notice), please check our circuit’s website home page www.circuit5.org to verify that the category of the hearing is one that will still be conducted during this period of time. Interpreting services are being provided remotely (telephonically or via a video/audio platform).

If your hearing is scheduled to take place via a video/audio platform such as Zoom, please specify that in your request. Please, notify the judge’s office that your case will require an interpreter. The office responsible for creating and sending out the invitation to all parties with the link to join the meeting should also include the proper county’s Interpreting Department on the invitation. The interpreter will join the hearing at the specified date and time.

For any non-video/audio platform hearings, interpreting services will be provided telephonically. When ready to hear the case, the court will place a phone call to the interpreter.

The Fifth Judicial Circuit is committed to providing qualified interpreters to limited-English-proficient and deaf persons in order to eliminate communication barriers that may prevent full participation in court proceedings necessary to ensure due process and equal access to the courts.

Spoken Language Court Interpreters

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:

Sign Language Interpreters

Additionally, the Fifth Judicial Circuit provides interpreter services and reasonable accommodations for deaf persons in all cases in accordance with section 90.6063, Florida Statutes, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

If you need a sign language interpreter or accommodation, you are entitled to one at no cost to you. Requests for sign language interpreters should be made at least 5 days prior to the scheduled event when possible.

To request a sign language interpreter or ADA Accommodation, please fill out the form below:

Type of Accomodation
If "Other" is chosen, please specify
Party Requesting Assistance
First Name
Last Name
If "Other" is chosen, please specify
Date & Time Assistance is Needed
Dateof appointment
Case Information
Case Number
If "Other" is chosen, please specify
Location of Appearance
Courtroom Number
Presiding Judge
Name of Judge (if known)your full name

For more information on all services, please email Court_Interpreting_Department@circuit5.org.

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